Deep Impact

They were up 4-1 after 135 minutes. Club Santos Laguna needed four goals in 45 minutes. Hard, but not impossible. The CBC analyst said it was probably not going to happen.

It was 4-2 with 20 minutes to go. Three goals in 20 minutes is extremely unlikely, but miracles do happen.

It was 4-3 with only a few minutes of added time left before the whistle. This game was over with a goal to spare (under the tie-breaking rules, they would have lost had it ended 4-4). The guy on Radio-Canada talked about people getting tickets for the next game at the Olympic Stadium, about how great it is that a Montreal-based soccer team would enter the CONCACAF Champions League final four.

And then, the meltdown. Choke. Of. The. Century. Humiliation.

I’m still proud of my team. They beat out Vancouver and Toronto FC to become the Canadian champion, and then slowly rose through to reach the quarterfinals, beating everyone’s expectations. I don’t regret buying my blue T-shirt at last week’s game, and I’ll cheer for the team during the upcoming USL season.

But what an awful way to end that run.

At least I know my disappointment is small compared to the heartbreak of the players who let it happen.

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