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.
Don’t bother the Montreal Impact with things like traditional stats and the absence of their talisman.
They’re apparently going to just keep on winning.
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The Impact are now second in the Eastern Conference with 27 points — albeit having played MLS’ most matches — despite carrying a minus-7 goal differential and missing serial MVP candidate Ignacio Piatti for all but five matches.
Then again, Saphir Taidir has seven goals on the season, two of them in a 2-1 defeat of visiting Seattle on Wednesday.
The Sounders are going in the other direction, losers of three-straight and officially winless on their four-match road swing. Victor Rodriguez converted a penalty for Seattle’s lone goal.
Sixteen-year-old Danny Leyva debuted for Seattle in the loss, and the Sounders were without Cristian Roldan due to USMNT duty. Montreal did not have Daniel Lovitz for the same reason.