- Michael Bradley misses key penalty.
- Jozy Altidore was kept of the scoring sheet.
- Seattle have won their first championship.
Seattle deny Canadian soccer history, by winning their first ever MLS Cup.
Toronto vs Seattle Sounders 5-4 on penalties
Toronto FC came out of the dressing room going straight on the attack with Jozy Altidore having the first shot of the game saved by Seattle keeper Stefan Frei. The two teams cancelled each other out in the first 30 minutes of the first interval, and Altidore had perhaps biggest chance to put Toronto ahead but Frei stopped his header from 5 yards out. Overall Toronto had a tough time to break down a disciplined Seattle side.
Toronto came out of the dressing room on the forefoot, but failed to establish a structure to their game. In fact the game became choppy with very view chances for either side. Then just before the end of the match Toronto had a final corner kick, and after Michael Bradley delivery Altidore had the chance to score the winner for Toronto, but he would miss the ball entirely, and the game headed to extra time.
Toronto continued to dominate in the early goings of extra time with Benoît Cheyrou having the first real chance of extra time, but Frei safely handled Altidore’s drive from 25 yards out. Altidore then unleashed a hammer from 35 yards out, Frei had to do well to stop the ball, as the shot was deflected on its way to the net. Tosaint Ricketts, and Altidore had chances for Toronto, but Ricketts missed the match, and Frei pulled out a stunning save to save the day for Seattle.
It took penalties to decide the match, and Stefan Frei would safe Toronto’s second penalty, and Ivanschitz would give Seattle the lead after two rounds. Seattle’s Álvaro Férnandez would miss his club’s third penalty, which meant that the score was level once again. Both teams would hit their fourth penalties. Drew Moor would hit Toronto’s fifth penalty putting all the pressure on Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro, who made no mistake to equalize the score. Toronto missed their sixth penalty, and Seattle was crowned champion when Román Torres put his penalty away.
Toronto vs Seattle Sounders – Man of the Match
Stefan Frei carried his side into extra time, and then pulled out a marvellous stop to deny Jozy Altidore’s game winning goal in extra time. Frei also saved a penalty by Michael Bradley in the shootout. Seattle’s first championship would not have been possible without Frei stepping up in the final.
Toronto vs Seattle Sounders – Talking Point
-10 degrees celsius at BMO Field must have been the key factor for what was in reality a poor game. Major League Soccer uses the spring to fall schedule, and the league ignores the international calendar. The MLS Cup demonstrated that the league needs to reconsider its league schedule.
Toronto vs Seattle Sounders – Match Stats
- 36,045 is the largest ever crowd at BMO Field.
- Seattle keeper Stefan Frei had to make seven stops, whereas his opposite Clint Irwin did not have to make a single stop.
- Seattle did not have a single shot over 120 minutes.
- This was the first game in the MLS playoffs in which Altidore was kept of the score sheet.
Irwin – Moor, Hagglund, Morrow – Beitashour, Zavaleta, Cooper (Cheyrou 83’), Bradley, Osorio (Johnson 76’) – Altidore, Giovinco (Ricketts 102’)
Coach: Greg Vanney
Frei – Jones, Marshall, Torres, Mears – Roldan, Alonso – Morris (Evans 107’), Friberg (Fernandez 65’), Lodeiro – Valdez (Ivanschitz 23’)
Coach: Brian Schmetzer