Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017. 1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled. The game might have hung in the balance until second half stoppage time, but TFC played the Seattle Sounders off the field in their MLS Cup rematch. Had Stefan Frei not made nine more saves – several of them ... Read more
It’s been a tumultuous two years for Will Johnson. On September 27th of 2014, Johnson, then the Portland Timbers’ captain, collided with Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom less than a minute into a game at BMO Field in Johnson’s hometown of Toronto and broke his right leg. Johnson wouldn’t play first-team football again until May of 2015, when his return to the Timbers lineup sparked a run of five straight wins for a Portland team struggling to the point of supporter protest. But the good times wouldn’t last. Johnson needed follow-up surgery in September, the Timbers switched to a 4-3-3 ... Read more
The Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalties on Saturday night to win MLS Cup 2016 at BMO Field. Here are the ten things we learned from the final. 1. The Strangest of Victories After putting together some of MLS’ best-ever teams, year in and year out, it took the season in which the Seattle Sounders fired their coach midseason, lost Clint Dempsey, and registered zero shots on goal in their last game to finally lift MLS Cup. Were MLS Cup a lifetime achievement award, the Sounders might have been crowned a long time ago. As it stands, however, this ... Read more
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – The Seattle Sounders were crowned champions of Major League Soccer for the first time in the club’s history after defeating Toronto FC 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out. Seattle’s Roman Torres on Saturday struck the winning spot-kick at a frigid BMO Field to shatter Toronto’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian winners of the MLS Cup. The match had gone to penalties after finishing deadlocked at 0-0 after extra-time.
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – Saturday’s title-deciding MLS Cup final brings together two of Major League Soccer’s best supported and best financed clubs, Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders, each in search of a first ever championship. Both clubs are playing in their first MLS final but their ‘barren runs’ have been of starkly different character. Until this season, the Sounders were consistently the bridesmaids while the Canadians simply risked becoming the league’s laughing stock. Seattle, who average a league-high 42,000 fans at each home game, have made the playoffs in every season since entering the league in 2009 but never made ... Read more
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach Major League Soccer’s championship game after overpowering Montreal Impact 5-2 in a seven-goal thriller after extra-time. Toronto, who had trailed 3-0 in last week’s first leg in Montreal before recovering to score two crucial away goals, will now host the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on December 10. A pulsating duel at a rainswept BMO Field was effectively settled in the first half of extra-time, when goals from Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts put Toronto 5-2 ahead on the night, 7-5 on aggregate. “It was ... Read more
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – A slice of Major League Soccer history will be up for grabs on Wednesday when Toronto FC and Montreal Impact clash with the aim of becoming the first Canadian side to reach the MLS Cup final. The two Canadian clubs meet in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, with Montreal taking a 3-2 first-leg lead to Toronto’s BMO Field on the banks of Lake Ontario. It is the first time in MLS history that a Canadian team is guaranteed to advance to the showpiece game of the league’s season. Montreal’s task was made more ... Read more
Toronto FC may sit in third place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference – tied with two other teams on 30 points – but the Reds have shown a history of up and down performances. As much as time changes, things seem to stay the same for the Reds. This season, the team has compiled 30 points from 21 matches, but fans and the team should be worried that the attacking problems from last year are still apparent. At least the defense has been sorted out in 2016. This week, World Soccer Talk looks at 5 reasons Toronto FC is ... Read more