Publicado: Lun, Noviembre 11, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Sounders overrun TFC to claim MLS cup despite Altidore's return

Sounders overrun TFC to claim MLS cup despite Altidore's return

What was a magical ride to the MLS Cup final for Toronto FC ended on a bitterly frustrating and disappointing note Sunday afternoon.

With Seattle's 3-1 win over Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, the Sounders have won MLS Cup for the second time in club history. The Seattle Sounders FC played Toronto FC during the MLS Cup at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

More details to come. Leerdam escaped a toe-poke challenge from Toronto's Nicolas Benezet before he put a ball across the box, which deflected off Reds defender Justin Morrow and past goalkeeper Quentin Westberg to break the deadlock.

Toronto still had a chance to get back in the game after Morrow's error, an excellent Westberg save with about 20 minutes remaining keeping them in the contest.

The Sounders also beat Toronto to win their first league title in 2016 at BMO Field. But there was no call, much to the frustration of the TFC players. 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. It was his fourth of the MLS playoffs. That time, an astonishing fingertip save by Stefan Frei on Jozy Altidore set up the spot-kick tiebreaker on which Brian Schmetzer's side prevailed.

Altidore, who was not in the lineup for the first three playoff games because of a quad strain, dressed but was not in the starting 11. And the wheels fell off for the Reds. While their possession was handsome to watch at times, some lovely combination play in central midfield zipping between exhausted Seattle players who were left chasing shadows, in the end, it led to very little.

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The second half started in much the same vein, yet Seattle grabbed the lead three minutes before the hour.

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.

Just before half time, Westberg made a huge save on Sounders' striker Ruidiaz in the penalty area.

Seattle was mostly reactive through the first 45 minutes, struggling to hold onto the ball for more than fleeting moments.

After the Sounders scored, in the 62nd minute, Vanney substituted Tsubasa Endoh on the wing for Nick DeLeon. TFC held 65% of the possession in the first half, though Seattle had eight total shots to six by Toronto.

Pozuelo picked up a yellow card in the 72nd minute for pulling down Nicolas Lodeiro when the Sounders captain was about to charge out of a counter.

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