Evan Bush’s dicey yellow card at Azteca will not be rescinded by CONCACAF, and Montreal will have to contest the second leg of its Champions League final tie without its No. 1 goalkeeper.
Montreal and Club America are square at 1 after the first leg in Mexico, and the Impact’s options are extremely limited. Backup keeper Erik Kronberg is ineligible for the competition since he was a part of Sporting KC earlier in the tournament.
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CONCACAF confirmed that Secton 6.5 (a) of the Champions League regulations does not allow appeals for referee decisions:
“The following decisions of the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee shall not be subject to appeal: a. Cautions and censures imposed on players, Referees, Assistant Referees, fourth Officials, team staff and officials, other persons or national associations.”
Although players were given a clean slate in terms of yellow cards after the quarterfinal round, Bush was issued a yellow card in the 33rd minute of the April 7 second leg of the semifinal series against Alajuelense.
The report also says that Montreal is still looking to sign another keeper for Wednesday, but it will have to suit-up NASL loanee John Smits if they can’t achieve that objective. Despite being at home with a road goal in its pocket, the underdogs just got underdoggier.