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Toronto FC beat Seattle Sounders in 2019 in MLS Cup final

SEATTLE – Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez and Raul Ruidiaz scored goals in the second half to bring the Seattle Sounders to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC in Sunday's MLS Cup final.

It was an opportunistic performance for the Sounders, who lived on crumbs, but got the goal they needed to assert themselves. The consolation goal of Toronto has come to a standstill.

The match was a championship game with Seattle winning the 2016 finals on penalties (5-4) and Toronto winning the trophy with a 2-0 win in 2017.

While Toronto dominated ball possession for most of the game on Sunday, he seemed vulnerable to the counterattack. The visitors maintained the pressure to open the second half with Alejandro Pozuelo dancing around the defenders with the ball on a rope. But he was lacking help ahead, with Jozy Altidore on the bench.

Seattle's breakthrough came in the 57th minute when Ruidiaz found Leerdam on the penalty box. Leerdam lost Nicolas Benezet and his shot, shot by the legs of Chris Mavinga, deflected by Justin Morrow for the first goal of the Dutch backs.

The Peruvian walked away and took off his sweater, turning it around his head with joy. He received a yellow card for the show and was then ovationné.

That was the first goal of the Seattle MLS Cup in a 267-minute freestyle match – and another miserable championship game reminder for Morrow. The Toronto back has hammered his place in the shootout loss in the 2016 Cup final.

Rodriguez, who arrived 15 minutes earlier on the pitch, then completed a good pass with Nicolas Lodeiro and Gustav Svensson with a magnificent shot from the edge of the penalty area escaping goalkeeper Quentin Westberg in the 76th minute. Svensson started the game by picking up the ball in Toronto.

Rodriguez has been named MVP of the MLS Cup.

While Toronto put everything in front for goal scoring, Ruidiaz dominated Mavinga and scored in the 90th minute to complete the win. It was his fourth playoff series.

The sold out crowd of 69,274 spectators at CenturyLink Field, a record for a sporting event at the stadium, erupted as the Sounders celebrated en masse under the local flag.

Altidore, with help from Pozuelo, scored in the 93rd minute after coming into play late in the game.

Seattle joins Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City and San Jose Earthquakes with two Cup wins. Los Angeles Galaxy leads with five, followed by D.C. United at four. Seven other franchises have a championship.

Coach Greg Vanney, dressed in his playoff scarf, brought central defender Omar Gonzalez (hamstring) to the starting lineup, while Laurent Ciman returned to the substitutes. Altidore, who had not played since the regular season finale of Oct. 6 due to a quad voltage, debuted on the bench.

Altidore came in the 68th minute. But it was the Sounders who arrived late, motivated by their goal.

Gonzalez, like Ciman, a former MLS defenseman, missed the first game of the playoffs, dressing but not seeing action for the other two. The changes have resulted in defender Drew Moor having retired from the 18th day.

Seattle opted for veteran Panamanian Roman Torres on Xavier Arreaga in the center of the field.

The CenturyLink Field was noisy and dressed almost exclusively in green, with the exception of a handful of Toronto FC red supporters, high up in the northern part of the east.

Toronto had 65.1% of the possession in the first half, but it was entertaining as Seattle defended strongly and looked for the counterattack. Although they did not have a lot of ball, the Sounders had eight in two games with Toronto in the first 45 minutes.

Gonzalez quickly sent a message by sending the dangerous Seattle player, Ruidiaz, to the ground in the fifth minute.

While Toronto had more ball early in the evening, he was living dangerously with some gifts. Seattle showed that his counter-attack threat with Jordan Morris, taking advantage of a bad spell from Toronto, was marauding the full length of the pitch, with Westberg comfortably shooting in the ninth minute.

Torres approached in the 22nd minute, but his shot from a corner stole high. The corner came after a bad pass from Benezet caused a deflected shot from the Sounders.

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei had to face a friendly shot, running to handle a teammate's exaggerated pass. Frei then had to make a nice diving shot against Benezet in the 36th minute.

Westberg was imposed in the 45th minute, blocking a dangerous shot from Ruidiaz. Cristian Roldan found Lodeiro whose curling ball found Ruidiaz behind Gonzalez. The light Peruvian accelerated in front of Gonzalez but Westberg blocked the shot of the legs.

Toronto captain Michael Bradley's contract was Sunday. Aged 32, who joined Toronto in 2104 after leaving AS Roma, he no longer has a contract at the end of the year. But the club and club refused to comment on the story that a Sunday victory would trigger another year with its current salary of $ 6.5 million (the league's second highest total this season).

Sunday also marked Bradley's 200th game in all competitions for Toronto. Coach Greg Vanney took another step in entering the competition with 99 wins in all competitions at the helm of the TFC.

Toronto came in a 13-game unbeaten streak (7-0-6) in the league. Seattle had won five straight and lost twice in their last 12 league games (8-2-2).

Toronto, ranked fourth in the East, has qualified for the finals the hard way with a victory on the road in front of the No. 1 New York City football club and No. 2 Atlanta United FC, after sending the No. 5 DC

Seattle, seeded second in the West, beat No. 7 FC Dallas and No. 3 Real Salt Lake before thwarting the No. 1 Los Angeles FC on the road.

Attendance Sunday was second after the 73,019 attendees at last year's final at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. The finals in Toronto attracted 36,045 and 30,584, respectively.

The area around CenturyLink Field was full of green space before the kickoff, with rows of alignments to get into bars and restaurants. A queue for some portable toilets lasted 40 people, two hours before the kickoff, while supporters were waiting to enter the stadium.

Guillermo Rodriguez, the associate of Jimmy Kimmel's security guard, assaulted the cameras dressed as football referee.

Seattle rapper Macklemore, co-owner of the Sounders, has produced at a pre-game gathering nearby. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, from Seattle, played the American national anthem at the game.


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