Toronto FC failed to make home advantage count as they lost the Major League Soccer Cup Final after a penalty shootout against Seattle Sounders.
GK: Clint Irwin (6/10) – Not troubled at any point during the regular 90 or the 30 minutes of extra-time, as Seattle Sounders failed to produce a single attempt on goal. However, when called upon in the penalty shootout, Irwin saved one of Seattle’s six penalty kicks.
CB: Eriq Zavaleta (6/10) – Looked defensively solid in Toronto’s back three and handled MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris admirably. Had an effort at goal blocked by some stoic Seattle defending.
CB: Drew Moor (7.5/10) – Toronto’s number three managed to subdue the physical presence of Seattle forward Nelson Valdez throughout their numerous clashes. Moor’s ability to win aerial balls was crucial for Toronto and the 32-year-old capped an impressive showing by drilling his penalty-kick into the Seattle net.
CB: Nick Hagglund (7/10) – An accomplished performance by the 24-year-old defender. Hagglund coped well with Seattle’s star man, Nicolas Lodeiro, and produced a vital clearance in extra-time to keep the score 0-0.
RM: Steven Beitashour (6/10) – Continuing in his more advanced right sided role, Beitashour failed to supply front man Jozy Altidore with the service that he so dearly needs. Industrious enough throughout a competitive encounter.
CM: Michael Bradley (7/10) – Deployed in a holding midfield role, Bradley was unable to impact on the final as much as he would have liked. Despite dictating the tempo with a range of passing from deep-lying pockets of space, Bradley was unable to produce his preferred box-to-box showing. Bradley’s penalty miss in the shootout was a major disappointment, as the American passed the ball straight to Seattle’s Frei
CM: Jonathan Osorio (7/10) – Managed to get the ball out of a combative central area to Toronto’s creative force, Sebastian Giovinco, on numerous occasions. Had an effort at goal, which lacked conviction, but offered little more.
CM: Armando Cooper (6/10) – Fronted up to the competitive Osvaldo Alonso in the midfield battle and contributed to the physical encounter. Lacks the composure in possession of team mate Bradley, but Cooper’s work rate cannot be faulted.
LM: Justin Morrow (6/10) – An energetic display up and down Toronto’s left flank by Morrow, but his performance will always be overshadowed by the poor penalty shootout miss to give Seattle the chance to take MLS Cup.
AM: Sebastian Giovinco (4/10) – Such a disappointing showing from Toronto’s Designated Player. The usually fantastic Giovinco provided an early chance for Jozy Altidore, but failed to make any other significant contribution. Giovinco attempted too many unsuccessful dribbles and should have scored on 48 minutes – but swung his shot wide from less than 10 yards out.
FW: Jozy Altidore (6/10) – The post-regular-season form man, Altidore dragged a good opportunity wide in the opening minutes of the clash. Altidore’s physical presence was crucial in this competitive MLS Cup final, as Toronto’s number 17 provided hold ups and assists for many of his team mates.
Altidore looked set to win the game before the shoot-out, but an outstanding Stefan Frei save kept out Altidore’s admirable headed attempt at goal in extra time. Smashed his penalty into the bottom corner of Frei’s net during the shoot-out.
In other news, Liverpool fans react to Roberto Firmino's display