Break out the blue and green victory banners — the MLS Cup is coming to Seattle!
After many years of coming up short in the playoffs, the Seattle Sounders FC have finally won it all, defeating Toronto FC on their home turf in Canada’s largest city to bring home their first championship. It was a hard-earned win — the match was decided by a penalty shootout after neither team managed to score during a hundred and twenty minutes of regulation and extra time.
The winning penalty was scored by Roman Torres for the Sounders.
With Toronto FC shooting first, Jozy Altidore opened the shootout with a well-taken penalty and Sounders substitute Brad Evans answered.
Bradley was next and rolled a soft shot too close to the middle of the goal that Frei saved, before Andreas Ivanschitz put Seattle ahead.
Toronto sub Benoit Cheyrou converted, and the teams were back on level terms when Clint Irwin saved Alvaro Fernandez’s shot.
Will Johnson and Drew Moor were next to scored for Toronto, only for Joevin Jones and Nicolas Lodeiro to answer with powerful shots.
But Morrow’s shot hit the underside of the bar and stayed out, and Torres sent his shot down the middle to win the title.
And with that, the Sounders rushed onto the field to celebrate their thrilling victory.
All of us at NPI extend our delighted congratulations to the Sounders on winning their first MLS Cup. The Portland Timbers won the title last year, so the championship is staying in Cascadia — which is fitting.
With today’s win, the Sounders have joined the Seahawks, the Storm, and the Sonics in having won their league’s championship at least once. The Mariners are now Seattle’s only professional team never to have won a title.
Let’s hope that changes next year.
Congratulations again, Sounders! MLS champions!
Reaction from elected leaders on the Sounders’ victory.…
King County Executive Dow Constantine:
They fought, and they won. Congrats to the Sounders for bringing the MLS Cup to Seattle. Our team’s march to the championship was an inspired comeback — from last place to the Championship.
Toronto played a great match but the Sounders, led by Coach Schmetzer, had destiny on their side.
Fans across the region welcome the 2016 Sounders in the Parthenon of champs including the 1979 SuperSonics, 1991 Huskies, 2004 and 2010 Storm, and 2013 Seahawks. We love you Sounders, we do.