Toronto FC Lift 2017 MLS Cup After Dominant Performance
After the best MLS regular season in history, Toronto FC have written themselves further in to the history books after lifting the 2017 MLS Cup.
MLS Cup was the missing piece of the puzzle for TFC who had already clinched the Canadian Championship and the Supporters' Shield.
The weather may have been cold but Toronto were red hot as they controlled all aspects of a final very different to that of the one just 12 months ago.
Seattle struggled to get a hold of the ball and advance into enemy territory as waves of red attacks flooded their goal. Sounders 'Keeper Stefan Frei made one impossible save after another throughout the first half leaving the Canadian side wondering if their efforts were going to go unrewarded.
Critics will point the finger at Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer who spent 15 minutes in the dressing room at the half time break with a side who had amazingly (perhaps luckily) clung on to a 0-0 scoreline. His rave green men needed to be more organised, more composed and find the right path forward into the Toronto half.
Instead, TFC continued their assault on Frei's frame and eventually, the breakthrough came when Jozy Altidore found himself just onside (maybe) and one on one with Stefan Frei before tucking the ball home and sending the BMO Field crowd into a frenzy.
The only real action in the Toronto box came when the Sky Cam fell on to the pitch during a Seattle corner, causing a delay whilst its wires were retracted from the grass.
With just 1 minute of added time left to play, Toronto firmly placed both hands on the silverware when Cooper was played in by Giovinco, he then rounded the goalkeeper but could only strike the ball against the post, leaving Vazquez to poke home with his knee into an empty net.
Michael Bradley lifted the trophy in front of the TFC fans inside BMO Field, completing the treble and rounding off a very memorable 2017 for the Canadian side.
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