Impact head coach Marco Schällibaum wanted a stern reaction from his players against Toronto FC on Wednesday and they responded in superlative fashion with a 6-0 win.
After losing to Toronto FC 2-0 in the first leg of the semifinals last week in Toronto, the Impact stormed back in the second leg Wednesday night with an emphatic 6-0 win.
In the post-game press conference, head coach Marco Schällibaum applauded his players’ performance and the character they exhibited in the comeback.
“I was disappointed after the result in the first game, but tonight they showed what they were made of and this is a team with a lot of character,” Schällibaum said in French. “We wake up in the morning for games like this and we played at a very high level."
Captain Davy Arnaud, who started Wednesday’s game after not traveling to Toronto for the first leg, said the win was a testament to the depth that the Impact roster possesses.
“We’ve got guys injured and we got young guys playing, but we said it all week that we got a group that can beat anybody at any time and I think some guys really shined tonight,” Arnaud said. “It goes to show that last week was just an off performance for us."
The win was the Impact’s first against Toronto in Canadian Championship history and stands out as one of the club’s brightest nights in its 20-year history.
“You saw a cup game: You saw passion; you saw fight - that’s what we play for,” Jeb Brovsky said. “The crowd was unbelievable today and this is a game were never going to forget."
The Montreal Impact will play the winner of the other semifinal between the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Edmonton later this month for a place in the CONCACAF Champions League.