In a rematch of last year’s Cup Final, Toronto was the team that came out on top despite the best efforts of Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei. Toronto’s performance was dominating, with a 6% edge in possession and a total of 22 shots, eleven of which were on target. To his credit, Frei put in a performance of the season making nine saves in total. Last season, Frei also put in an incredible performance that ultimate led to the Sounders winning in a penalty shootout.
Toronto FC 2-0 Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto did everything necessary to grab the win this year and win a club first MLS Cup.
The first half was very much in the hands of Toronto, but Sounders keeper Stefan Frei was adamant of maintaining a clean sheet. One of Toronto’s best chances in the game came in the tenth minute when Michael Bradley sent a lobbed ball forward to Jozy Altidore, who chested it down to Jonathan Osorio who then took a first-touch shot to the inside corner only to be turned away by Stefan Frei. Toronto was again knocking at the gates in the 23rd minutes when Sebastian Giovinco made a clever move into the box and struck a shot from close range that was turned above the goal by Frei. In the 41st minute, Frei was again tested, this time with a shot from distance by Victor Vazquez, and again he was up to the task.
In the 67th minute, a move that started just outside of Toronto’s area from the feet of Michael Bradley, and ended in Giovinco sourcing Altidore’s run that was finished with a chipped shot over Frei to set Toronto ahead. In the fourth minute of added time, Victor Vazquez sealed the win for Toronto when he finished an Altidore shot that deflected off the post and finished scoring 2-0.
With this win, Toronto have capped an incredible season with yet another Club-first silverware. With a record total of points in a season (69 points), bagging their first Eastern Conference title, their first Supporters’ Shield, and their first MLS Cup in the process. This match marked the end of the season for the MLS, and in the offseason clubs will be looking to strengthen and change their squads in an effort to push for better performances next season.