The diversion in 200 difference (or less): For a second time in 4 seasons, a Seattle Sounders are MLS champions by proceed of defeating Toronto FC in MLS Cup 2019, cementing their explain to one of a name few dynasties in fasten story (coupled with 4 U.S. Open Cups in 11 years given fasten MLS). 69,274 were in assemblage for a tie-breaking pretension decider during CenturyLink Field (Seattle and Toronto met in back-to-back MLS Cups in 2016 and 2017, with any side winning one). While Atlanta United romped to a 2018 pretension with exciting, teeming soccer, Seattle and Toronto reached Sunday’s final by proceed of a distant some-more useful proceed — one from that conjunction side deviated, to a beating of many anyone not sporting Rave Green.
The diversion (finally) non-stop adult with Kelvin Leerdam’s 57th-minute idea — that should have left down as a Justin Morrow possess idea — before Victor Rodriguez bagged a contingent leader with a superb curler in a 76th. Raul Ruidiaz combined an word idea in a 90th minute, unofficially kicking off what will positively be a week full of celebrations in a Emerald City. Jozy Altidore‘s 93rd-minute satisfaction idea could do small to moderate a mood.
Three things we learned
1. Clash of styles, adjustments in initial half: So mostly in this diversion — and via a second half of a deteriorate — Seattle could be found fortifying with 10 and 11 players behind a ball, all within 15 or 20 yards of their possess chastisement area. That was a box once again on Sunday, as all 4 of Ruidiaz Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones are always prepared to lane behind when Brad Smith and Kelvin Leerdam explosve forward.
They’re distant from a bunkering side, though, as a full backs are as most enemy as they are defenders. Few teams in MLS renew with a gait and pointing of Seattle, regardless of who wins a ball, regardless of where they win it. TFC wish as most of a round as they can have — they do a illusory pursuit of determining a game’s gait with their possess possession — and a non-stop a diversion with copiousness of possession, though each time Seattle won it they were off to a races in a blink of an eye. The Reds satisfied they couldn’t deflect off opposite after opposite for 90 minutes, causing them to dump extremely deeper after 15 minutes. This meant it was roughly all Seattle, as distant as a chances went, for a indirect 15 minutes.
Having now forsaken too deep, TFC let a midfield-three of Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio and Marco Delgado set a line of fight in a center third. Seattle had no answer for this — during slightest not in a initial half — and TFC looked in finish control, though truly melancholy Stefan Frei in Seattle’s goal, until Ruidiaz found himself with a game’s initial genuine scoring possibility in a 45th minute. Quentin Westberg was discerning off his line to repudiate a Peruvian’s one-on-one look.
2. A wise goal: To that we competence say, “It doesn’t matter how they scored, usually that they scored.” While technically correct, those who tuned in and persisted by a 90 mins deserved something improved than a Leerdam ricochet-goal/Morrow own-goal leader that they got.
3. Rodriguez creates a large difference: Fortunately, Rodriguez had a impulse of sorcery adult his sleeve after entrance on only after a hour mark. Smith done proceed for a Spaniard, a savvy tactical change by Brian Schmetzer to play with larger breadth down a right side (Morris) and tuck a left (Rodriguez) inside and underneath Ruidiaz. After anticipating small fun with a strange down possibly side in a opening 60 minutes, Schmetzer’s change non-stop TFC adult to consistent idea threats before Rodriguez done it 2-0. Sure, TFC confronting a necessity altered their gameplan extremely and forced them to live dangerously, though Seattle remained indifferent in shower adult vigour and attack on a counter.
Man of a match: Raul Ruidiaz
Goalscorers: Leerdam (57′), Rodriguez (76′), Ruidiaz (90′), Altidore (90’+3)