Does this matter? I feel like this matters. But I’m not entirely certain.
MLS clubs have had a dire go of it in CCL play since the league was restructured in 2008. Either Atlante, Pachuca, Monterrey, Cruz Azul or Club America have won all seven, which, you’ll notice, are all Liga MX clubs. Cool. Liga MX > MLS. We get it.
Something seemed to snap, though, when the dire (dire!) Montreal Impact made a run to the CCL finals last year and nearly upset Club America in a hard-and-fast finale. America ended up winning 5-3, but the Impact put up one hell of a fight not long after finishing a 2014 season the club would rather toss on the burning trash heap of forgotten history.
Before this season, MLS teams had never chalked up a group stage sweep. Until now. This just happened.