It seemed like just yesterday when Toronto FC was facing Seattle Sounders in the 2016 MLS Cup Final. One full year later and the exact same Cup Final was just what the doctor ordered, but this time in the Canadian cold. The TFC boys, coming off a record breaking season, had a point to prove this time around and they did it in spectacular fashion. Michael Bradley, Victor Vazquez and Sebastian Giovinco were unplayable at times and kept Seattle chasing shadows for large parts of the game. Although the decisive goal didn’t come until the last minute of play, Toronto looked comfortable and out for revenge throughout.
Giovinco’s spot-on pass allowed Jozy Altidore to get the goal that would put Toronto one-step closer to lifting the MLS Cup. Even though the tide could have turned at any moment at 1-0, Toronto continued to hold control of the game and eventually scored their second in the dying stages of the match. The second goal-scorer, Victor Vazquez, coming back from a long spell on the sidelines with injury, sealed the victory by beating the Seattle defenders to a cheeky tap-in.
The MLS Cup Champions were crowned that cold night, and it was the cherry on top of a fantastic season from the boys. Toronto FC showed all other MLS teams that there is a new sheriff in town, and they are ready to take on anyone.
Their record-breaking MLS season and their heroics in the MLS Cup post-season playoffs has earned Toronto FC the chance to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League where they will be facing some of the finest teams in North and Central America. Now that they are the Kings of MLS, it’s certainly time to step up the competition and continue this never-before-seen run of dominance by an MLS side. TFC will be taking on the Colorado Rapids in the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League. The opening game will be played in Colorado on February 20 and the second leg will be played on February 27 at BMO Field.