8:00 PM EST Olympic Stadium Montreal, QC
The Headliner: Will Home Advantage be Enough for the Impact
Can they pull off one last miracle? The Montreal Impact haven't always looked in control en route to the CONCACAF Champions League final, but that hardly matters now. They are within one game of winning the top prize in North American club soccer.
The 1-1 draw Montreal was able to achieve away from home at Azteca Stadium was both the most impressive and biggest result they have achieved so far in this competition, but it will only be relevant if they take care of business at home and finish off Club America tonight.
That will be far easier said than done, as Club America was down 3-0 after the first leg of the semi-finals against Herediano before winning 6-0 in a dominant second leg. The difference in that case was that they played the second leg at home.
After all the hype surrounding how big of an advantage Azteca Stadium can be, and how hard it would be for the Impact to win there, something completely different will be discovered tonight: how much of an advantage will a 59,000 strong Olympic stadium be for the Impact.
The Player to Watch: Kristian Nicht
In desperation mode after goalkeeper Evan Bush was suspended after the first leg, and backup keeper Eric Kronberg was cap tied, Montreal brought in Kristian Nicht of NASL's Indy Eleven. The 33-year-old keeper will get the start, and will almost certainly be the most important player on the field.
Montreal will require Nicht to stand tall for the entirety of what will likely be an onslot of Club America chances. With the away goal they scored in the first leg, a clean sheet would mean victory for the Impact.
Thankfully for Montreal, the German actually has plenty of experience on the big stage. He has played in the Bundesliga as well as top level Norway before making his way over to North America.
There will be no Canadians on the field to start this match, but former Toronto FC forward Dominic Oduro will continue his role up top. He caused a lot of problems for the Club America backline in the first game with his pace, including drawing a tackle that should have resulted in a red card.
This is a very similar lineup to the one that Montreal have used with success throughout the Champions League. The one exception is moving Nigel Reo-Coker back to rightback.
On the bench Canada will be represented by Maxim Crepeau, Patrice Bernier and Max Tissot.
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