The Sounders won their first ever MLS Cup in a penalty kick thriller against Toronto this past Saturday. I find that sports championships, especially soccer, tend to be not to be the most fluid and technical games. This was the case in the MLS Cup final. It was an extremely physical and testy match and both teams had trouble to produce many quality attacks. The Sounders went the whole game without a shot on goal and Toronto’s chances were few and far between. The defining moment of the game came in the first half of extra time when Toronto striker Jozy Altidore headed a floated ball to the top corner of the goal. Th shot looked as though it would get past the goal line, but Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei reached back with an extended left arm to fling the ball out with his fingers. Without that save, Toronto would have raised the trophy.
After 30 minutes of overtime, they went to penalty kicks. Stefan Frei came up with another big save and the Sounders were clinical on their penalties. As a fan, I was ecstatic that they won the MLS Cup after a turbulent season, but a part of me wanted the Sounders to show off how fantastic they had been playing recently. The Sounders put on a defensive show, but people who aren’t soccer fans that tuned in to the match won’t appreciate that side of game and would hope for more offense. Nonetheless, it feels good to be able to say the Sounders are MLS Cup champions.
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