"You come into an environment
like this, you know it's going to be tough," said McInerney. "We have such good attacking players on this team that we can rely on our defense and get forward when we need to. That's what we did
tonight and it worked."
Goals by Allen Guevara in the 79th minute and Jonathan McDonald three minutes stoppage time could only pull LDA even on aggregate and leave it with not enough time to get one more goal and overcome its deficit on away goals.
"We knew we were coming to a difficult place
to play with a tough team," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. "They have a tremendous push with the quality of players they have and their fans. We scored an away goal, which was
very important. The quick goal in the second half brought them back into the game. It was a great semifinal and a great moment for our club, the city of Montreal and Major League Soccer."
Montreal could be back in Costa Rica later in the month. Herediano takes a 3-0 edge into Wednesday's second leg against Club America in the Estadio Azteca. The final will be played April 22 and 29. As the higher seed, Montreal will host the second game at Olympic Stadium.
The only other MLS team to reach the Concacaf Champions League final was Real Salt Lake, which lost to Monterrey of Mexico, 3-2, on aggregate in 2011.
April 7 in Alajuela
Alajuelense 4 Montreal Impact 2. Goals: Gabas 46, 60, Guevara 78, McDonald 93+; McInerney 41, Romero 72.
Alajuelense -- Lewis; Acosta, Lopez, Gutierrez, Matarrita; Rodriguez (Guevara 67), Gabas, Calvo (Ortiz 58), Venegas; Alonso (Sanchez 80), McDonald.
Montreal Impact -- Bush; Cabrera, Soumare, Ciman, Toia; Reo-Coker, Mallace; Oduro, Duka (Romero 61), Piatti, McInerney (Bernier 69).
(Aggregate: 4-4; Montreal Impact wins on away goals.)