Ahead of the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League final with Club America on Wednesday, the score is tied at 1-1 after the first leg in Mexico City, the Montreal Impact has been handed a huge boost.
With first-choice goalkeeper Evan Bush suspended after a yellow card in the first leg (which they couldn’t even appeal to CONCACAF about) and second-choice ‘keeper Erik Kronberg ineligible due to already playing in the competition for Sporting Kansas City, Frank Klopas’ side were in a bit of sticky situation.
Add on top of that the fact that MLS banned any intra-league loan deal from happening and ahead of arguably the Impact’s biggest game in club history, they were without an experienced goalkeeper. That’s when the NASL’s Indy Eleven arrived to save the day.
Late on Monday it was announced that Indy had agreed to sell German goalkeeper Kristian Nicht to Montreal ahead of the CCL final. Nicht, 33, has spent time in training camps with Montreal and has been in and around the squad in recent matches. His signing ensures that Montreal now has an experienced goalkeeper for their massive match against their Mexican counterparts in the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.
Nicht has spent the majority of his career in Germany, playing in the Bundesliga and the second-tier, before moving to the U.S. in 2012 and since having stints with the Rochester Rhinos and the Indy Eleven.
At the eleventh hour, Montreal has been helped out massively by an NASL club as the Impact aim to become the first MLS side in history to win the CONCACAF Champions League title. Nicht will likely start but third-choice ‘keeper John Smits is also around for the Impact if they need him.
Due to the away goals rule, if Nicht keeps a shutout on Wednesday in Quebec then Montreal will be champs of North America. No pressure.