It was a night filled with heartbreak for the Toronto FC as they played the MLS Finals at home on the BMO field. Both teams faced a scoring drought throughout the game with the Seattle Sounders coming away with a victory in the penalties (5-4).
After scoring an MLS record 17 goals in the playoffs, Toronto failed to score any in the regulation time. This drought continued through the extra time periods when a save by former Toronto FC keeper, Stefan Frei, made the heartbreaking night even more painful. In the 108th minute, Frei made an incredible save to stop a header from Jozy Altidore; he was named MVP at the end of the game.
It was a tough game to watch for the fans as Toronto had a monstrous 17 shots compared to a meek 3 by Seattle. However, Seattle defense was sound throughout the game, and they prevailed with the win in penalties. “We can only thank every person in this city for their support and for the passion and the emotion and the energy that they put into this together with us,” said Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley. “I’m sick to my stomach that we couldn’t reward them with the biggest trophy tonight.” It was surely a night to forget for Toronto fans as they look forward to the offseason and next season.
This season was certainly a great accomplishment for the team as they put themselves in a great position to win the MLS Cup, albeit losing it with an ugly performance. As a Toronto fan, one can only hope that a similar opportunity presents itself in the coming season where the result is different than this one.
– Aaditya Sondhi