By RYAN TOLMICH
For the second straight season, the Montreal Impact will represent Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Impact won their second straight Canadian Championship Wednesday night by knocking off Toronto FC 2-1 on aggregate behind a stoppage time Felipe strike.
With both teams suffering from nerves throughout the night, the last ten minutes proved frantic with both teams creating a slew of chances. The Impact nearly took the lead through Marco Di Vaio and Hernan Bernardello in the 85th and 87th minutes, while Toronto FC missed out on chances from Jonathan Osorio in the 83rd and Kyle Bekker in the 90th.
However, it was Felipe who capitalized for the Impact with a stoppage time winner to earn the Impact the Voyageurs’ Cup. Di Vaio proved to be the catalyst for the winning sequence, with the Italian forward striking the crossbar one minute into stoppage time, paving the way for Felipe’s half-volley finish on the rebound.
With the victory, the Impact join the New York Red Bulls and El Salvador’s Club Deportivo FAS in Group 3 of the CCL.
The Impact will be back in action Wednesday when they host D.C. United at Stade Saputo, while Toronto FC will look to rebound Saturday when they host the San Jose Earthquakes.