Montreal Impact brutally exposed in Champions League capitulation

  • Montreal loses 5-3 on aggregate to Club America in Champions League final
  • Impact led by a goal at half-time of second leg but were exposed in second half
  • Dario Benedetto struck superb second-half hat trick to propel America to title

Major League Soccer’s dream of finally ending Mexican domination of the Concacaf Champions League ended in painful humiliation in Wednesday’s final as the Montreal Impact crashed to a 4-2 second leg (5-3 aggregate) defeat to Club America.

Argentine Dario Benedetto, struck a superb second-half hat trick as the Mexican team turned on the style after going in at half-time trailing by a goal and offered a sharp reality check for those who have wondered, hopefully, whether MLS was finally catching up to the level of Liga MX.

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