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Impact win opens door for Quakes
by Ridge Mahoney, September 25th, 2013 1:15AM

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[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 5] Longshots are fun to bet on, but they don’t pay off very often.

Needing six goals to retain hopes of advancing to the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, Montreal managed just two, but did clear a path by which fellow MLS representative San Jose could progress.

Daniele Paponi and Andrew Wenger scored early in each half to lift Montreal (2-2-0) into a first-place tie with Heredia, but it is already eliminated due to an inferior (minus-1) goal difference. Instead, the Group 5 crown and quarterfinal spot will be determined when the Quakes host Heredia Oct. 23.

Heredia (2-1-0) needed only a tie in Montreal to clinch top spot, but fell behind in the fourth minute when Felipe’s shot was blocked following a corner and Paponi stabbed it into the net. An enthusiastic crowd of 13,703 celebrated and roared as a siege of the Heredia goal followed, but not until the 53rd minute did a second goal arrive. Maxim Tissot slipped a ball into the penalty area and Wenger dinked it over keeper Jose Calderon.

Both teams needed goals and attacked with abandon -- Montreal outshot Heredia 29-15 – to no avail. The Quakes (1-2-0) are at plus-1 and thus a victory next month by any score will lift them into first place, since all three teams would finish with six points in the standings. Goal difference is the first tiebreaker.

“With a bit more luck, we could have easily scored five or six,” Montreal head coach Marco Schallibaum told MLSsoccer.com. “We wanted to play fair until the end, which we did. We had lots of chances, we hit the post twice. We could have also gotten a penalty kick -- I hope they don’t fine me on this. That’s part of football. But our foundations were good tonight. Paponi went 100 miles an hour. Scoring will give him confidence. Wenger was heroic. He held the ball up a lot, and scored as well. The game will give confidence to a number of players ahead of our last [MLS] six games.”

Montreal plays at Chicago Saturday.

Sept. 24 in Montreal
Montreal Impact 2 Heredia 0.
MTL: Daniele Paponi 4.
MTL: Andrew Wenger (Maxim Tissot) 53.
Referee: Courtney Campbell.
Att.: 13,703.

CCL WEEK 5: Results
Tuesday, September 24
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Valencia (HAI) 0
Montreal Impact 2 Heredia (GUA) 0
Olimpia (HON) 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 0

CCL WEEK 5: Schedule
Wednesday, September 25
Houston Dynamo vs. DIRECTV W Connection (TRI)
Cartagines (CRC) vs. LA Galaxy
Comunicaciones (GUA) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI)
Thursday, September 26
Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Sporting San Miguelito (PAN)
Tijuana (MEX) vs. Victoria (HON)
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CCL STANDINGS:
Group 1: Arabe Unido 6 points; Houston Dynamo 4; DirecTV W Connection 1.
Group 2: Sporting Kansas City 7 points; Olimpia 6; Real Esteli 1.
Group 3: Cruz Azul 9 points; Herediano 6; Valencia 0.
Group 4: Club America 6 points; Sporting San Miguelito, Alajuelense 3.
Group 5: Heredia, Montreal Impact 6 points; San Jose Earthquakes 3.
Group 6: Toluca 9 points, Comunicaciones 3; Caledonia AIA 0.
Group 7: *Tijuana 7 points; Luis Angel Firpo 4; Victoria 0.
Group 8: LA Galaxy 6 points; Cartagines 4; Isidro Metapan 1.
*Clinched berth in quarterfinals.
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CCL WEEK 4: Results
Thursday, September 19
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 0 Arabe Unido (PAN) 2
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) vs. Victoria (HON)
Wednesday, September 18
LA Galaxy 1 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1 Toluca (MEX) 5
Herediano (CRC) 4 Valencia FC (HAI) 2
Tuesday, September 17
Sporting Kansas City 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 1
San Jose Earthquakes 3 Montreal Impact 0
Club America (MEX) 3 Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0

CCL WEEK 3, Results:
Thursday, August 29
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 0 Comunicaciones (GUA) 3
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Club America (MEX) 0
Wednesday, August 28
Valencia (HAI) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 2
Heredia (GUA) 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Tijuana (MEX) 1 Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0
Tuesday, August 27
Houston Dynamo 2 Arabe Unido (PAN) 1
Olimpia (HON) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Cartagines (CRC) 0 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0

CCL WEEK 2: Results
Thursday, August 22
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Herediano (CRC) 0
Comunicaciones (GUA) 1 Toluca (MEX) 2
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 1 Alajuelense (CRC) 0
Wednesday, August 21
Heredia (GUA) 1 Montreal Impact 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Olimpia (HON) 1
Tuesday, August 20
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 0 Houston Dynamo 0
LA Galaxy 2 Cartagines (CRC) 0
Victoria (HON)  2 Tijuana (MEX) 3

CCL WEEK 1: Results
Thursday, August 8
Valencia FC (HAI) 1 Herediano (CRC) 6
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Cartagines (CRC) 4
Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 1
Wednesday, August 7
Montreal Impact 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0 Club America (MEX) 1
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Tuesday, August 6
Toluca (MEX) 3 Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0 Tijuana (MEX) 0
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CCL WEEK 6: Schedule
Tuesday, October 22
Club America (MEX) vs. Alajuelense (CRC)
Herediano (CRC) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Wednesday, October 23
Sporting Kansas City vs. Olimpia (HON)
Toluca FC (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Heredia (GUA)
Victoria (HON) vs. Luis Angel Firpo (SLV)
Thursday, October 24
Arabe Unido (PAN) vs. Houston Dynamo
Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. LA Galaxy<


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