Sounders overcome sluggish first half in winning second MLS Cup

The Seattle Sounders overcame a first half in which they  flat, scattered and downright disorganized to win their second MLC Cup in three years. Give credit to Toronto FC  credit  for Rave Greens  sluggish play in the first half. The game marked the  third time the two teams were playing each other  with an MLS title on the line, so familiarity was no issue. That familiarity led to Toronto imposing its will on the home side in the first half.  Toronto crowded the middle of the field making it difficult for Seattle midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro to have any room to   create any type of sustained attack.

Lodeiro had 45  touches and 21 passes  in the first half.  It was  12 minutes into the game before Lodeiro  made his first pass to  striker Raul Ruidiaz . Toronto out possessed the Sounders 65.1% to  34.9% but had nothing to show as the two teams when into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS

Seeing his team out possessed and more importantly outmanned in the middle of the field and unable to build any  offensive  momentum Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer made some second half adjustments that turned the game into his team’s favor.

Kelvin Leerdam’s right footed strike from the top of the box ricocheted off Toronto defender Justin Morrow and into the back of the Toronto net for the 1-0 lead that woke up the pensive home crowd.

After Leerdam’s goal the game opened up and Schmetzer inserted  game MVP Victor Rodriguez who used his speed to  create movement and score the  game winning goal in the  76th minute after an assist from Nicolas Lodeiro and Gustav Svensson. Another Svensson pass produced the games third  goal of the game in the 90th minute when Raul Ruidiaz’s  strike made it 3-0 and sent Rave Green Nation into Nirvana. Jozy Altidore scored a goal for the  visitors in stoppage time, but it was too little too late as the Sounders celebrated their  second MLS Cup with the 3-1 victory

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 3 – Toronto FC 1

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Brian Dunn, Corey Rockwell

Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez

Attendance: 69,274

Weather: 53 degrees and cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA – Kelvin Leerdam (Raúl Ruidíaz) 57′

SEA – Víctor Rodríguez (Nicolás Lodeiro, Gustav Svensson) 76′

SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (Gustav Svensson) 90′

TOR – Jozy Altidore (Alejandro Pozuelo) 90’+3′

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR – Alejandro Pozuelo (caution) 72′

SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (caution) 90’+1′

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Kim Kee-Hee, Brad Smith (Víctor Rodríguez 61′); Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan; Joevin Jones, Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Jordan Morris (Jordy Delem 85′); Raúl Ruidíaz (Xavier Arreaga 90’+2′)

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Nouhou, Luis Silva, Harry Shipp

Total shots: 14 (Ruidíaz, 5)

Shots on goal: 6 (Ruidíaz, 2)

Fouls: 9 (Kee-hee/C. Roldan, 2)

Offside: 3 (Three players, 1)

Corner-kicks: 10 (Lodeiro, 10)

Saves: 4 (Frei, 4)

Toronto FC – Quentin Westberg; Auro, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Justin Morrow; Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley – captain, Jonathan Osorio (Richie Laryea 77′); Tsubasa Endoh (Nick DeLeon 62′), Alejandro Pozuelo, Nicloas Benezet (Jozy Altidore 68′)

Substitutes not used: Alex Bono, Laurent Ciman, Erickson Gallardo, Patrick Mullins


Total shots: 14 (Benezet, 4)

Shots on goal: 5 (Benezet, 2)

Fouls: 8 (Mavinga, 2)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 4 (Pozuelo, 4)

Saves: 4 (Westberg, 4)

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