Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush will miss the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against Club America after CONCACAF confirmed his yellow card from the first leg and subsequent suspension for card accumulation.
Montreal attempted to appeal the ruling, but that is not permissible, per competition rules.
"We believe that the card was a bad decision by the referee, but CONCACAF rules state that you can’t appeal a referee decision on a yellow card unless it was given to the wrong player,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said in a team statement. “We continue to look at all our options for Wednesday’s match.”
A report over the weekend suggested that Montreal is attempting to acquire Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson on a one-game loan, among other MLS goalkeepers, but there has yet to be an official indication of whether the league will permit it.
Montreal has no available goalkeepers aside from John Smits, who is on loan from NASL's FC Edmonton and was brought in solely to back up Bush through the CCL final. Usual backup Erik Kronberg is cup-tied to Sporting Kansas City for the competition, and the club's other goalkeeper, Maxime Crépeau is injured.
With Bush in goal, Montreal emerged from Estadio Azteca with a 1-1 draw against Club America and carries that away-goal edge into Wednesday night's second leg. Montreal is attempting to become the first MLS team to win the CCL in its current format. Real Salt Lake is the only other MLS team to reach the final, losing in that stage to Monterrey in 2011.