Getting out of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage is definitely mission possible for the Montreal Impact.
The newly crowned Canadian champions founds out Monday that they will face the San Jose Earthquakes and a to-be-decided Guatemalan league qualifier in CCL Group 5. The Impact could not have asked for a kinder draw.
The Earthquakes went into Pot A as the 2012 MLS regular-season champions. But the Earthquakes are struggling this season. The Impact and Quakes faced each other earlier this year, and played to a 2-2 draw.
But, the Quakes are currently out of a playoff spot — and their slow start means they’ll have to play all-put throughout the summer in order to get back in the chase. And that means coach Frank Yallop will likely need to make some tough squad decisions when MLS and CCL games come fast and furious. Read the rest of this entry »