Toronto (December 9, 2017)- Toronto FC won the 2017 MLS Cup, defeating the Seattle Sounders by the score of 2-0. Toronto exercised its demons, after they had lost on home turf to the Sounders in the MLS Cup Final in 2016. The rematch lived up to its billing
Toronto FC Win 2017 MLS Cup Final, Defeat Sounders 2-0
The first half was all Toronto FC. The reds took twelve shots, with half of them hitting the frame. But Stefan Frei, the 2016 MLS Cup Final Hero, was equal to all of them. Toronto FC pushed as hard as they could, but just couldn’t get one across. Seattle managed one shot attempt though, which was better than their entire 2016 MLS Cup. Not only did they hold the shooting margin, but they also held the possession margin (62% to 38%), they completed double the passes in the attacking half as did the sounders, and nearly tripled the passes in the final third.
The second half was more of the same, all Toronto FC. As Stefan Frei made his ninth save Jozy Altidore and Roman Torres came together. Torres was shouting at Altidore like he had dove, but Torres did catch him coming through with a challenge after the ball was gone. Nothing malicious, but for some reason, Torres became incensed. He leaned over and got in the face of Altidore, and then continued to try and seek him out to scream at him. Nearly three minutes after that, Michael Bradley won the ball back and turned and released it out to the nearest man.
Giovinco got a hold of the ball, and slipped in Jozy, who had positioned himself perfectly, onside, and in-between an incredibly out of shape (defensively) Sounders center back pairing. He raced in on goal, took a touch onto his left to get a better angle, and clipped it up and over Stefan Frei. Bedlam.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017
Toronto FC finally got its goal, in the 66th minute of the 2017 MLS Cup. It was a well deserved lead as Toronto was clearly the better team through that point. It did get just a little tight at the end, as it should be expected. But in the final minute of stoppage time, Toronto FC took the ball away setting up a 3v2 counter in the final third. Giovinco slipped in Armando Cooper, who rounded Stefan Frei, but put his shot off the post. The rebound came straight to Victor Vasquez, who got a leg onto it, directing it into the back of the net, clinching the storybook ending to a dream season for Toronto FC.
— John Bava III (@LWOSJohnBava) December 9, 2017
The final whistle blew, and BMO Field erupted into a frenzy.
Toronto FC have won their first MLS Cup in franchise history, and the first MLS Cup Title for any Canadian team. They also completed the best season in MLS History (Most points in a season, plus a title). On top of that all, they became the first team in MLS to win three trophies in one season (MLS Cup, Supporters Shield, Canadian Championship).
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