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Incredible Taidir goal gives Montreal hope despite first leg loss (video)

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The Montreal Impact have a hill to climb if they are to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, but scored a marvelous goal in a 2-1 first leg loss to CD Olimpia in Quebec.

Jerry Bengtson and Jorge Benguche scored for the Honduran side, which will bring a lead and two away goals home.

Montreal out-attempted Olimpia 10-4 and had 67 percent of the ball, but was hit twice on the counter.

The second leg is March 17 in Tegucigalpa.

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Saphir Taidir scored a sensational goal for Montreal to drag them back into the tie.

Former Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama made his Montreal debut in the loss, a week after transferring from Tottenham. He assisted Taidir’s goal.

The winner of the tie will meet the winner of the New York City FC-UANL Tigres quarterfinal.

CONCACAF Champions League: RBNY, Seattle advance (video)

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Major League Soccer has a trio of quarterfinalists in the race for a place in the UEFA Club World Cup.

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That’s because New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders used convincing second legs to brush off CONCACAF Champions League opposition and clinch spots in the next round.

New York earned a quarterfinal tie with Liga MX powers Club Tijuana, who have a quartet of American players, while the Sounders meet exciting Chivas Guadalajara. The other side of the bracket sees Toronto FC versus UANL Tigres and Club America against Panama’s Tauro.

The quarterfinals will be played over the first two weeks of this month.

New York Red Bulls 2-0 (3-1 agg.) CD Olimpia

The Red Bulls got a pair of goals from outside the box as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sean Davis helped the side to a 2-0 home win (3-1 on aggregate) over Honduras’ CD Olimpia.

For Wright-Phillips, it was his 101st goal as a member of the Red Bulls.

Seattle Sounders 4-0 (5-2 agg.) Santa Tecla FC

Magnus Wolff Eikrem did nothing to harm the opinion that the new Seattle Sounders man could be the breakout star of the 2018 MLS season.

The Norwegian national team star and former Manchester United Academy member scored as a halftime substitute on debut, the fourth scorer for Seattle in a 4-0 rout of Santa Tecla.

The Salvadoran visitors held a 2-1 lead after one leg, but the Sounders’ away goal part of the equation for just over one half.

Will Bruin scored two minutes after halftime, with Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall scoring before Eikrem finished off the display.

Clint Dempsey had a pair of assists, none prettier than the 1-2 with Eikrem to round off the scoring.

CCL roundup: Montreal Impact pick up surprise draw, two away goals vs. Pachuca

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The Montreal Impact weren’t supposed to be here, and they sure as heck weren’t supposed to be showing so well in the quarterfinals of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL).

Pachuca 2-2 Montreal Impact

The Impact, who finished dead last in points won in MLS 2014, shocked the CONCACAF region once again on Tuesday night as the Frank Klopas’s side went into Estadio Hidalgo and nabbed two away goals in a 2-2 draw with heavily favored Mexican side Pachuca.

What’s even more unbelievable about Tuesday night, the Impact were unlucky to draw 2-2, not to win 2-0.

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Dilly Duka scored both Impact goals (25th and 53rd minutes) to give his side a 2-0 lead shortly after halftime. The first was a well-worked bit of play from the Impact, which ended with Duka sending Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez one way and calmly rolling the ball the other, into the back of the net. The second came off the rebound of Justin Mapp shot, which Duka was first to and hit home.

The two-goal lead was short-lived, though, as Pachuca pulled one back through Heriberto Olvera’s free kick in the 56th minute. Olvera skipped the ball off the top of the Impact wall, creating lots of top spin and movement that Evan Bush couldn’t quite reach. Pachuca’s second was the result of a lightning-fast counter attack that finished with Ariel Nahuelpan bundling the ball over the line with his midsection.

After winning Group 3, which featured the New York Red Bulls and C.D. FAS (Honduras), in the fall, the Impact are one of two MLS teams still alive in CCL (D.C. United). Each quarterfinal tie’s second leg will be played next week.

CD Olimpia (El Salvador) 1-1 Herediano (Costa Rica)

Tuesday night’s other CCL quarterfinals matchup saw CD Olimpia, winners of Group 5 over the Portland Timbers and Alpha United (Guyana), draw 1-1 with Herediano, winners of Group 7, over Leon (Mexico) and Isidro Metapan (El Salvador).

Javier Estupinan gave the hosts a 1-0 lead on the stroke of halftime with a shot from just outside the penalty area, but Cristhian Lagos pulled the Costa Ricans level and grabbed a vital away goal in the 58th minute.

Wednesday’s CCL schedule

Saprissa (Costa Rica) vs. Club America (Club America) — 9 pm ET

Thursday’s CCL schedule

Alajuelense (Costa Rica) vs. D.C. United — 8 pm ET