They're battered, bruised and bleeding. But the Impact are moving on to the Canadian Championship Final, not TFC. Toronto's pride is hurting and the Impact find the cure in winning.
Keeper Evan Bush was bleeding from his nose and forehead late in the 2nd Half but stayed in to complete the first Impact win in the competition since 2008 and first in 10 games versus Toronto since that same year.
The 6-0 win had historic proportions for Montreal.
After losing newcomer Daniele Paponi to a leg injury in the 1st Half, the Impact lost captain Davy Arnaud early in the 2nd.
The game may already have been won by then, but not the path to the next round of the Canadian Championship.
The Impact got 5 goals from 5 different scorers, Di Vaio scored 2 and added 2 assists, Justin Mapp a goal and an assist and could have had 2 more if rebounds were counted.
Just 4 days after celebrating the imminent arrival of twins by tucking the goal-ball under his shirt in tribute to his pregnant wife, Andres Romero scored in the 62nd minute after taking a clever pass from Di Vaio and making shift moves to his right while firing back to his left.
Justin Mapp scored a goal and an assist and deserved another helper during an impressive offensive display by the Impact against TFC.
Mapp first scored on a pass that wasn't intended for him, then did all the work for newcomer Daniele Paponi to add to an Impact lead in the Opening Half of the Canadian Championship semifinal.
Mapp made no mistake with a pass Andres Romero launched after a dangerous move deep down the left side only to have his cross partially cleared right onto the foot of Mapp who made no mistake in the 19th minute for an Impact 1-0 lead.
Paponi was then in the right place at the right time after Mapp's blast was stopped from close in.
The lead was costly as Paponi, in only his 3rd appearance with the Impact since coming over from Bologna, left the game because of a right leg injury in the 38th minute. Marco Di Vaio replaced him after being held out of the starting 11, not to mention the opening game of the series last week in Toronto.
Moments later Di Vaio, Coach Marco Schallibaum's ace in the hole in case the Impact needed 2nd Half firepower, would score a goal of his own, fed by Mapp at the 44th minute.
It's the first time the Impact has ever scored 3 goals in a Canadian championship game, and first time since joining MLS the club scores 3 goals in the 1st half.
Montreal is looking to make up for losing the 1st leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal 2-0 during a rain-soaked sloppy game.
Marco Di Vaio was held out of the starting lineup, but newcomer Daniele Paponi, a standout in his MLS debut Saturday, started up front with 2nd year Impact Andrew Wenger, nudging Marco Di Vaio to sub status.
With a heavy stretch of 5 games in 15 days and the injury bug already biting, the Impact have 7 regular starters including captain Davy Arnaud and Patrice Bernier on the pitch for first kick.
The Impact's most passionate fans sent a clear message to TFC before the game---sending a blue smoke signal through a clown face in TFC colours.
Only a minute in, the Impact's Evan Bush caught a break when Earnshaw rolled a shot by the keeper's right side only to have it caromb off the post and stay out.
Andrew Wenger had his club's first best chance to score in the 19th minute, firing from just outside the 18-yard box but right at the TFC keeper even though Paponi and Justin Mapp were on the attack as well.
Ten minutes after their go-ahead goal Andrew Wenger fired a shot right off the face of Frei, the TFC keeper, and head in his own rebound but Wenger was called offside.