The Seattle Sounders pulled off a exceptional 3-1 win over Toronto FC to win their second MLS Cup at a jam-packed CenturyLink Subject on Sunday afternoon.
It was the third assembly in 4 years for the 2 groups within the MLS showpiece, with Seattle having gained the Cup in 2016 and Toronto taking it residence in 2017.
Toronto was the higher of the 2 sides in a lacklustre first half, however had nothing to point out for it, whereas Seattle missed an opportunity to take the lead proper earlier than half-time just for Raul Ruidiaz to shoot tamely at Stefan Frei.
The hosts took the lead proper earlier than the hour mark when Kelvin Leerdam‘s shot from the correct aspect of the penalty space took a depraved double deflection and left Quentin Westberg no likelihood within the Toronto objective.
It was the primary time that Seattle was in a position to rating on Toronto through the run of play in 267 minutes of MLS Cup play between the 2.
Greg Vanney introduced on Jozy Altidore in the hunt for an equalizer, but it surely was Seattle substitute Victor Rodriguez who struck as a substitute, choosing up a pleasant go from Nicolas Lodeiro, slicing to his proper and firing a low, knuckling shot previous Westberg to double the Sounders’ lead.
“I feel we’re so aggressive, we [have a] actually good mentality, all the time preserve going, all the time working every single day so onerous and I feel right here in our residence with our followers it’s a little simpler for us,” MVP Rodriguez mentioned in reference to the 69,274 followers who packed out the stadium. “I feel we deserved that.”
And Ruidiaz added a 3rd for Brian Schmetzer’s workforce after outrunning his marker and curling a shot round Westberg, earlier than Altidore netted a meaningless comfort objective for Toronto in stoppage time.
The gang of practically 70,000 represents the most important non-concert attendance at any occasion within the historical past of CenturyLink Subject, which hosts the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.