In MLS Cup rematch, Seattle Sounders FC defeat Toronto FC

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TORONTO, ON- MAY 9 - Seattle Sounders midfielder Magnus Eikrem (22) kicks the ball away from Toronto FC midfielder Marco Delgado (18) as the Toronto FC plays the Seattle Sounders at the BMO Field in Toronto. May 9, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

TORONTO, CANADA (May 9, 2018) — The Seattle Sounders FC got the last laugh at BMO Field.

The history between the Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC runs deep at BMO Field. Back in 2016, Seattle claimed their first-ever MLS Cup in Canada. The next year, the two clubs returned to BMO Field, but Toronto was victorious.

In MLS Cup rematch, Seattle Sounders FC defeat Toronto FC

Now, the Sounders get the last laugh after their 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Will Bruin opened the tally for Seattle in the 25th minute. Bruin out-ran Toronto defender  Gregory van der Wiel and chipped the ball past Alex Bono, going one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Jonathan Osorio tied the match before halftime, in the 40th minute. The goal was assisted by Sebastian Giovinco and Víctor Vázquez.

The second half was all Seattle. Handwala Bwana, who started the match, scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute. His goal was assisted by Bruin and Cristian Roldan.

For Bwana, it was his first goal as a Seattle Sounder.

Three Takeaways

  1. No Kim Kee-Hee: Despite getting the final score right in my prediction, my assumption of Kim Kee-Hee being in the starting lineup was off. After starting him during the weekend, Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer sat Kim down on the bench against  Toronto. Instead, he went with a three-man defense of Tony Alfaro, Chad Marshall, and Gustav Svensson.
  2. The right place to start climbing: With the victory, Seattle nudged up the Western Conference ladder. Formerly in last place, Seattle now bumps up a spot to eleventh place with eight points. Right now, the Western Conference is tight. Those three points were crucial for Seattle.
  3. Handwalla is a breath of fresh air: Handwalla Bwana is the young spark that the Sounders needed to start. Manager Brian Schemetzer gave some of his regular starters a rest due to the short week, which resulted in Bwana’s start. Schmetzer might want to consider keeping him as a regular starter. He’s been a positive addition for Seattle.

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