Altidore, Giovinco too much? Football Manager predicts 2016 MLS Cup Final
Toronto claimed its first MLS Cup as the Reds edged out Seattle 3-2 thanks to a Jozy Altidore winning goal with just 10 minutes left on the clock.
Toronto started the match brightly and took the lead after just three minutes when Altidore turned in Sebastian Giovinco’s cross from inside 10 yards. The Canadian side continued to press forward and forced Sounders’ goalkeeper Stefan Frei into making some good saves.
Greg Vanney’s team was rewarded with a second goal in the 37th minute with Will Johnson’s outrageous assist the highlight of a well-constructed Toronto move. Johnson picked up a pass just outside the Seattle area and played a backheel pass that split the Sounders’ defense. Giovinco latched onto it and fired the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Seattle got themselves back into the match almost immediately through Nicolas Lodeiro, who was unmarked inside the penalty area and he powered the ball past Clint Irwin.
The Sounders leveled the score midway through the second half when Jordan Morris volleyed in Alvaro Fernandez’s cross.
Both teams continued to attack in the hope of scoring a late winning goal but it was Toronto that grabbed it. Michael Bradley played in Giovinco with an aerial ball from just behind the halfway line and the Italian, in turn, lofted the ball to Altidore just outside the Seattle penalty area. Altidore took one touch to steady himself and sent the ball into the top left corner to give Toronto the victory.
Toronto 3, Seattle 2
Man of the Match: Sebastian Giovinco
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