Ten men Montreal go down to CCL defeat in Guatemala
Heredia 1 Montreal Impact 0
After starting their CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 campaign with a 1-0 success over fellow MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes confidence was high as the Impact ventured to Guatemala to face Heredia in their match-day 2 encounter.
The visitors created the first chance with only 25 seconds on the clock before Heredia slowly started to push Montreal back. The hosts had a chance to take the lead after 18 minutes when Enrique Miranda who had latched on to a cross from Hector De Matta was hauled down by Impact defender Wandrille Lefèvre, but Charles Cordoba Sanchez missed the penalty as his attempt hit the crossbar and bounced out.
Things got even worse for the visitors 1 minute before the half-time break as Adrian Lopez Rodriguez on his competitive debut was dismissed for a dangerous challenge from behind on that man Cordoba Sanchez. Despite having to employ a rearguard action in the second half the Canadian outfit looked like their dogged defending was going to be enough to salvage a point against the physical home side and on one of their rare breaks up field even managed to hit the crossbar of their opponents goal when Blake Smith flicked a shot goal-wards.
Unfortunately however all of their hard work was undone when with only 3 minutes left on the clock goal-keeper Evan Bush failed to deal with a David Espinoza cross after the home side had taken a short corner and Cordoba Sanchez redeemed himself after he had squandered his first half chance from the penalty spot to poke home the lose ball to give the hosts the perfect start to their CCL campaign with a goal that sent the home fans away happy.
Montreal’s next Group 5 fixture is on September 17 as they are on their travels again, this time a much shorter trip to California to play the Earthquakes as they look to complete the double over the American side to get the campaign back on track.