It feels like in a blink of an eye; we reached the MLS Cup final. The Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC in a penalty shootout. 120 plus minutes and extra time were sufficiently in order to crown a new champion.

TFC were the early aggressors; which makes sense. With the likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore at your disposal; why not? Regardless, that offensive power did not produce any goals. Stefan Frei proved to be too much for Toronto’s offense.

At the 14th minute, Frei managed to save Jonathan Osorio’s shot.

It was a tough save; with Gio and Altidore also on the prowl. Then at the 48th minute; TFC had another chance to score; this time with Gio.

Toronto’s offense managed to break through and Gio took a shot, but it went wide. Regardless; Frei had also reacted on time so the shot would have been saved.

Towards the end of regular time; Toronto had another chance to secure the win. Off a set piece, Jozy Altidore tried a diving header; but Frei got there in time to punch the ball out (cleared by Fernandez). It was a “do-or-die” moment (risking a possible penalty for Toronto) and it was worth it. At the end of regular time; Gio got another shot, yet it lacked effort and power.

Extra time wasn’t enough; even with Toronto’s best efforts.

Then; at the 107th minute, Toronto nearly scored the goal that would have won them the MLS Cup. Tosaint Ricketts worked his way up the right side and fed a cross that reached Altidore.

Altidore headed the ball into the upper-right corner of the goal and somehow Frei managed to make a one-handed save!

It came down to a penalty shootout. Michael Bradley (TFC) and Álvaro Fernández (SEA) failed to convert on their shots. At the sixth round of the shootout, Justin Morrow was the culprit for Toronto; as he failed to score, while Roman Torres successfully scored the game-winning penalty.

It’s as simple as it gets; the Sounders and TFC weren’t even throughout the whole match.

This match was for Toronto (based on the statistics). 19 total shots with 7 on target; with 54.2% possession to Seattle’s 3 shots with 0 on target and only 45.8% possession. It’s an honest surprise that Toronto did not score at least two goals.

So ends the 2016 MLS season with the Seattle Sounders winning the MLS Cup for the first time in the club’s history. The Rave Green now gets to vast in the glory of being MLS Cup Champions.

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