Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC - Football Match Report

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson predicts Sounders over Toronto in MLS Cup

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson predicts Sounders over Toronto in MLS Cup

Roman Torres #29 of Seattle Sounders FC celebrates the first goal with his teammates during the match between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders as part of the MLS Cup 2019 at CenturyLink Field on November 10, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle were the clear favorites heading in, if only by a hair.

They piled into their seats in droves, unveiled an impressive tifo as the match began, a full display that checkered the stadium in blue and green, save for one particularly red corner in the upper deck. They damn near became the first MLS Cup in nearly two decades to win the CONCACAF title, losing the regional title on penalties to Mexican giant Chivas Guadalajara. "We were able to find our footing, and our team's a risky team".

The crowd of 69,274 at CenturyLink Field was another mighty attendance on the heels of the 73,019 who saw Atlanta United beat the Portland Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2018. The Reds put together the best season in MLS history in 2017, winning three trophies (Supporters Shield as regular season champs, MLS Cup, Canadian Championship). The goal was given to Leerdam, though it appeared to be a textbook own goal, and became Seattle's first MLS Cup goal in open play in 267 minutes.

MLS streamlined its playoff process this year, shifting to a single-game elimination format that invited upsets. But as is always the case in finals, there is only one thing that matters: the result.

Familiar names, then. Still, both teams defied the odds to reach this showpiece. And for the second time, it came against Toronto FC.

Seattle were second in the West, a hefty 16 points adrift of Los Angeles FC, perhaps the best MLS team in history (when the ball is in the opposition half, anyway).

At 32, he can be hustled out of relevance, but in the first half here he was afforded a generous amount of room to float languid-looking diagonal balls, and pop up unmolested in promising spaces in the final third. A year later, Toronto shut them out in the title game.

The Sounders didn't wait long to find the back of the net once more.

The Sounders opened the scoring in the 57th minute against the run of play.

The ball ricocheted off the knee of a defender and past Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westerberg to give the Sounders a lead they never lost. The Sounders started coming on around the 18-minute mark.

Greg Vanney brought on Jozy Altidore in search of an equalizer, but it was Seattle substitute Victor Rodriguez who struck instead, picking up a nice pass from Nicolas Lodeiro, cutting to his right and firing a low, knuckling shot past Westberg to double the Sounders' lead.

Just before half time, Westberg made a huge save on Sounders' striker Ruidiaz in the penalty area. Remarkably, there was time for Altidore to steer a header past Frei for what could only be the smallest of consolations. Toronto was the East's No. 4 seed after spending much of the season on the playoff bubble.

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