Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, beat Toronto 3-1

Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, beat Toronto 3-1
Seattle Sounders FC

The Seattle Sounders have won the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup, defeating Toronto FC 3-1.

This is the second time in team history that the Sounders have won the MLS Cup, this time in front of a packed, record-breaking audience of nearly 70,000 at CenturyLink Field.

Despite being outplayed for most of the game, the Sounders pulled out the win with some clutch moves – defender Kelvin Leerdam kicked things off with a deflected shot, just shy of the hour mark. Only moments later, defender Victor Rodriguez scored another goal, just inside the right post of the goal, with forward Raul Ruidiaz clutching the third goal in the 90th minute.

Toronto FC finally had a chance to respond, with their forward Jozy Altidore scoring, but with just two-and-a-half minutes to go, it simply was not enough.

Toronto held their own surprisingly well, holding the ball 65% of the time, yet they faced a stiff defense – with Rodriguez earning himself the MVP for his defense for the Sounders. They also fired three shots on goal by halftime, hitting zero.

This was not the first time Seattle and Toronto faced off at the MLS Cup – the first time being in 2016, also resulting in a Sounders win after a memorable penalty-kick shootout at BMO Field.