Goalkeeper Stefan Frei was Seattle Sounders’ saviour as an inspired performance helped the Rave Greens take their first Major League Soccer title. Here is how the Sounders rated.
GK: Stefan Frei (9/10) – Seattle’s goalkeeper was their best, and busiest, player throughout the final. Despite Toronto’s dominance, the likes of Sebatian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore were unable to score past Frei. The Switzerland native produced two fantastic saves in particular, on the 91st and 107th minute, to deny Altidore, and tasted success in the shootout.
RB: Tyrone Mears (7/10) –The Englishman showed an attacking intent along Seattle’s right flank and was also defensively reliable up against Toronto’s Justin Morrow. Despite his work-rate, the delivery from the sides was not as accurate as forward Nelson Valdez required them to be.
CB: Roman Torres (8/10) – A monstrous MLS Cup performance from the big Panama international. Torres was dominant throughout the game and dealt with the physical presence of Jozy Altidore with apparent enjoyment. Torres’ successful penalty kick meant that Seattle took the win and were crowned MLS 2016 Champions.
CB: Chad Marshall (7/10) – The 32-year-old defender coped admirably with the threats posed by Giovinco and Altidore and won many aerial encounters. An excellent partnership with Torres helped Frei keep the clean sheet through extra-time pressure.
LB: Joevin Jones (7.5/10) – Excellent energy and commitment to the Seattle cause, even if his final ball occasionally lacked quality. Converted an outstanding penalty kick during the shootout, smashing the ball into the top corner of the goal with a sweet left footed strike.
CM: Osvaldo Alonso (6/10) – A relatively disappointing display from Alosnso, who lost out in the midfield battle of the tough men against Toronto’s Armando Cooper. Alonso’s distribution wasn’t up to its usual standard, but he drove his team throughout extra time and ultimately to a first MLS title.
CM: Cristian Roldan (8/10) – The box-to-box midfielder is one to watch in the coming years. Roldan’s work ethic was outstanding and the energetic 21-year-old showed an ability to tackle, pass and produce lung busting runs past Toronto’s midfield lines.
AM: Nicolas Lodeiro (5.5/10) – As with Toronto’s Giovinco, Seattle’s star man Lodeiro disappointed in MLS Cup. The Sounders’ regular season hero was largely ineffectual during open play and his usual set pieces were also poor. Lodeiro blasted his penalty into the net to prevent Toronto from claiming the shootout.
AM: Eric Friberg (5/10) – Seattle’s number 8 spent most of the final tracking Toronto’s midfield trio of Cooper, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Osorio. Consequently, the 30-year-old offered little in an attacking sense for the Sounders.
AM: Jordan Morris (5/10) – A game too far for the MLS Rookie of the Year, as Morris hardly found the ball throughout the game. On the rare occasions that Morris did receive possession, the 22-year-old’s distribution was very poor. Ultimately, his break-out year has provided a MLS championship, but Morris’ display is one to put behind him.
FW: Nelson Valdez (5/10) – The 33-year-old Paraguayan led the line in physical mood – but was unable to get the better of Toronto’s Drew Moor. Valdez failed to link up with Seattle’s duo of Morris and Lodeiro, but was useful when defending Toronto’s set plays.