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Montreal wins Canadian Championship; Toronto woeful in penalties

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The Montreal Impact are going back to the CONCACAF Champions League after overcoming a blown first leg lead to outlast Toronto FC in penalties at BMO Field on Wednesday.

Jozy Altidore missed a penalty, Patrick Mullins saw his saved by Clement Diop, and Jonathan Osorio banged his effort off of the post as Montreal needed just three conversions to win the Voyageurs Cup.

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The penalties sure do look awful for the three-time defending Canadian champions, who are obviously no longer defending that title.

Ignacio Piatti’s goal in the first leg staked Montreal to a 1-0 lead, but Tsubasa Endoh scored in the 70th minute of the second leg to push this to kicks. Chris Mavinga saw a straight red in the 84th minute for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.

It’s Montreal’s first win since 2014, and it comes in the biggest Canadian Championship yet (13 teams). The Impact’s four titles are now three behind leaders TFC.

Montreal joins Atlanta United and LAFC as MLS clubs to clinch spots in the 2020 CCL. Mexico’s teams are Cruz Azul, UANL Tigres, Club America, and Leon. Jamaica will send Portmore United, six teams will join from the 2019 CONCACAF League, and two more MLS spots will be awarded by the time the MLS Cup playoffs are complete.

WATCH: Felipe sends Impact past TFC, back to CONCACAF Champions League

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If Toronto FC is going to find its way into the CONCACAF Champions League, it won’t come through its domestic cup. Frank Klopas has lead the Montreal Impact back into the CCL with a 1-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday, 2-1 on aggregate.

Marco Di Vaio’s stoppage-time shot rattled off the cross bar and Felipe Martins settled the rebound before firing into the goal from about 12 yards out. The goal confirmed what their away goals lead set-up from the first leg: the Impact are playing for the continental title.

It’s Montreal’s second-straight Voyageurs Cup, third overall, and will put Canadian bragging rights into the Stade Saputo for another year (barring a postseason MLS matchup). Vancouver had been the runners-up of the previous five Canadian Championships.

Montreal will be in Group 3 of the CCL with New York Red Bulls and El Salvador’s CD FAS.

Watch a crowd-level shot from Montreal’s YouTube page here: