Sebastian Giovinco Leads The Cavalry For Toronto FC Game In San Jose

Final, 2-0 Toronto FC: The Reds win MLS Cup 2017 and confirm their first title in franchise history.

The perfect ending to a historic season.

Congratulations to @torontofc, the 2017 #MLSCup Champions! pic.twitter.com/L7EtBmjUik

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

FT: Win the cup and make our dreams come true ✅

2017 #MLSCup Champions! pic.twitter.com/5mA1UwpHMJ

— Toronto FC (@torontofc) December 9, 2017

The moment @torontofc have been waiting for. #MLSCup https://t.co/nrPiWW0suq

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Jozy Altidore and Victor Vazquez scored the decisive goals, giving Toronto a well-deserved victory on home soil. The Reds dominated the contest from start to finish, with Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei preventing a total rout.

.@torontofc put 11 shots on target, setting an #MLSCup single-game record. Their 22 attempts at goal are tied for third-most in #MLSCup history

— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) December 9, 2017

Stefan Frei's nine saves equal the second-most in an #MLSCup, behind only @TMeola1's 10 saves for the Wizards in 2000.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

Toronto completes perhaps the finest season in MLS history in style.

Toronto FC avenges last year’s MLS Cup outcome vs Sounders. Toronto FC: first MLS team to win the domestic treble (MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, domestic cup). pic.twitter.com/bvRo1qZKnx

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2017

Seattle will be disappointed with its performance, having fallen flat in front of a global audience.

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90th minute +3, 2-0 Toronto FC: Victor Vazquez confirms Toronto’s win with a stoppage-time goal.

BEDLAM.

It's 2-0 @torontofc! #MLSCup

https://t.co/UVdaNcEA4M

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

How about that clincher! #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/lEkaP3uDfc

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 9, 2017

90th minute +1, 1-0 Toronto FC: Marco Delgado departs, with Benoit Cheyrou replacing him for Toronto.

90th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Seattle makes another substitution.

90' Second Sounders substitution:

➡️ Nouhou

⬅️ Joevin Jones

0-1 | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/rsCYgoLWsv

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

90th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Christian Roldan knocks down Sebastian Giovinco inside Seattle’s penalty area, but the referee declines the hosts’ appeals for a penalty kick.

86th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore exits the game. Defender Nick Hagglund replaces the goal-scoring hero, as Toronto looks to lock down the game in the final four-plus minutes.

85th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Armando Cooper replaces Jonathan Osorio in Toronto’s first substitution. It’s a like-for-like change in the Reds midfield.

83rd minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: With fewer than 10 minutes remaining in normal time, Seattle is growing increasingly desperate for the tying goal. Most of the Sounders are in Toronto’s penalty area for a corner kick but they’re unable to convert the set piece into a scoring opportunity.

77th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Seattle fans hoping for a reaction to Jozy Altidore’s goal must be disappointed, as Toronto remains on the front foot, having taken the lead.

71st minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Jordan Morris enters the game for the Sounders, who need the U.S. international striker to make a positive impact.

71' First Sounders substitution:

➡️ Jordan Morris

⬅️ Víctor Rodríguez

0-1 | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/tDmdyp34F6

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

67th minute, 1-0 Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore finishes Toronto’s counter-attack with a well-taken goal.

Pick that out. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/1qm4jyDcSx

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

67’ HE’S AT IT AGAIN!!!!#TFCLive | #MLSCup | 1-0 pic.twitter.com/2TslGLR343

— Toronto FC (@torontofc) December 9, 2017

The Toronto FC striker runs onto a through-ball and clips his shot over Stefan Frei to put Toronto in front.

At long last.@JozyAltidore gives @torontofc the lead at #MLSCup. https://t.co/CSUcnC5EWV

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Was Altidore offside? The referees say “no.”

Hmmm. Great finish though. #mlscup pic.twitter.com/NT0DhagDTF

— Arlo White (@arlowhite) December 9, 2017

Look how much the goal means to Altidore, his Toronto teammates and their fans.

HYPE. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/8xiuLGYNHB

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Jozy Altidore gives @torontofc a 1-0 lead! #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/PRvM2CFlZH

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 9, 2017

JOZY JOZY JOZY #TFCLive #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/m0SxpOCE2K

— Gareth Wheeler (@WheelerTSN) December 9, 2017

Seattle’s shutout streaks end at long last.

608 – @SoundersFC have conceded for the first time in 608 minutes of @mls action. Pierced. #mlscup

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

The @torontofc goal in #MLSCup2017 ends the @SoundersFC playoff shutout streak after a record 713 minutes

— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) December 9, 2017

65th minute, 0-0: Seattle’s Roman Torres and Toronto’s Jozy Altidore exchange heated words following Stefan Frei’s save on Sebastian Giovinco. The referee separates Torres and Altidore without issuing a yellow card to either player.

64th minute, 0-0: Toronto’s attacking players combine well, ending with a shot by Sebastian Giovinco, but Frei makes yet another save.

Stefan Frei comes up big again. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/qXOepWjbfX

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 9, 2017

Seattle’s postseason stinginess has reached record levels.

Seattle's MLS-record postseason shutout streak has surpassed 700 minutes. #TorontoFC vs #SoundersFC #MLSCup2017 on ESPN / ESPN app

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2017

60th minute, 0-0: Michael Bradley makes a late run and volleys a shot on goal from 25 yards out, but Stefan Frei is positioned well enough to save it, although he spills the rebound into his goalmouth.

Another big stop for the reigning MLS Cup MVP!

0-0 | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/HMSXX3yktR

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

55th minute, 0-0: The first 10 minutes of second half have been more competitive than the entire first period, as Seattle shows growing comfort on the ball and a willingness to take a few risks going forward, instead of sitting deep in its own half.

49th minute, 0-0: Clint Dempsey tests Alex Bono with a shot from just outside Toronto’s penalty area, but the Reds goalkeeper stops the shot.

48th minute, 0-0: Sebastian Giovinco’s cut-back pass rolls from the by-line all the way to Steven Beitashour, who misses with a curled shot from just outside Seattle’s penalty area. It was a proverbial fullback’s finish.

46th minute, 0-0: The second half of MLS Cup 2017 is under way.

692 minutes of postseason shutout soccer and counting.#MLSCup pic.twitter.com/Iwy9tBjgqK

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

Halftime, 0-0: The referee ends the first half. MLS Cup 2017 is goal-less.

#MLSCup is scoreless and it's mostly down to @Stefan24Frei. pic.twitter.com/bt01bXS96E

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Toronto will be disappointed at the halftime score, given its total domination of proceedings. Seattle seems to have frozen in the pressure-packed moment, while Toronto seems at ease in the biggest game of the season.

76.7 – @torontofc won 76.7% of the individual duels in the first half of #MLSCup, the highest duel success percentage by any team in the first half of any game in MLS 2017. Control.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

The 12-1 shot differential in the first half of #MLSCup2017 is the largest in a half in #MLSCup history

— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) December 9, 2017

Only Stefan Frei’s heroics have kept the score level, and Seattle knows it won’t be able to escape such an imbalance unscathed for another 45 minutes.

Stefan Frei had six first-half saves for @SoundersFC.

That's one shy of the single-half #MLSCup record, set by San Jose's Pat Onstad in 2003.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

41st minute, 0-0: Victor Vazquez hits a low, accurate shot toward the far post, but Stefan Frie dives to his right and blocks it for his seventh save of the first half.

Víctor Vázquez saca un peligroso disparo y ¿adivinen qué? ¡Otra vez la saca @Stefan24Frei! #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/4hFsC7JUSW

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) December 9, 2017

35th minute, 0-0: Toronto’s Marco Delgado shoots powerfully on goal from 25 yards, but his effort is too close to Stefan Frei, who saves it over the crossbar.

¡OTRA VEZ! 😱 ¿Cuántas más vas a sacar @Stefan24Frei? El portero de @SoundersFC sigue siendo figura. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/YT4AKdESwc

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) December 9, 2017

Tony Meola holds the single-game #MLSCup record for saves in a game with 10. Stefan Frei is halfway there and it's not even halftime.

— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) December 9, 2017

30th minute, 0-0: The Sounders needed a half-hour to register their first shot on goal, with Joevin Jones doing the honors. Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono comfortably saves Jones shot.

Nevertheless, this might encourage Seattle.

Everybody now: Seattle now has more shots on goal today (1) than in all of last year's #MLSCup.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

26th minute, 0-0: Toronto continues to dominate the action, while Seattle struggles to gain and keep possession in any area of the field. If the game continues in this manner, Toronto is bound to score and win. Greg Vanney’s formation gamble has paid off so far.

61.3% – @torontofc have 61.3% possession so far in #MLSCup, after averaging 45.0% of the ball in their first four playoff games of 2017. Shift.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

23rd minute, 0-0: Sebastian Giovinco creates space inside Seattle’s penalty area with some skillfull dribbling and shoots on target, but Stefan Frei parries his effort over the crossbar.

23'- Stef comes up big again!

0-0 | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/6R0ukyqocv

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

17th minute, 0-0: Seattle’s defense normally isn’t this generous. Toronto easily could be leading, given the number and quality of its chances.

5 – @SoundersFC have allowed five shots already in @MLS cup. They faced an average of eight (never more than nine) across the entirety of their first four playoff games. Siege.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

11th minute, 0-0: Stefan Frei makes leaves his line and makes another save, denying Sebastian Giovinco.

A bit sloppy in the back from Seattle allows Giovinco to get a great look at goal. Still 0-0. pic.twitter.com/6jilsynOA7

— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 9, 2017

Having made one of the greatest saves in MLS Cup history in last season’s final, Frei seems to be up to his old tricks in 2017.

Just a little reminder of what Stefan Frei is capable of… pic.twitter.com/wGS5rjeNB2

— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) December 9, 2017

10th minute, 0-0: Stefan Frei saves Jonathan Osorio’s volleyed shot at the far post.

10' – STEFAN FREI!!!!

0-0 | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/ARTtgiGeLl

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

Eighth minute, 0-0: Sebastian Giovinco shoots from the edge of Seattle’s penalty area, but Stefan Frei easily collects his effort.

Seventh minute, 0-0: After a fast start, the game has settled into an apparent rhythm, with Toronto controlling possession but struggling to find seams in Seattle’s stout defense.

Third minute, 0-0: Toronto fires an early warning shot across Seattle’s bow, as Drew Moor heads his shot just over the bar following a corner kick.

Kickoff: MLS Cup 2017 is under way.

We're off. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/811rWoFBlM

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Toronto fans unveiled this message to their players following the U.S. and Canada national anthems.

"Last year we said you made us believe. This year, fulfill all of our dreams." #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/Z2JHnX60ZK

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Pregame: The teams and MLS dignitaries are taking the field for the pregame handshakes, and kickoff is just minutes away.

It’s time! #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/7UuVqldfLh

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 9, 2017

Below is the Phillip Anschutz trophy, for which the teams are competing.

What it’s alllll about. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/h3SVpSJl3i

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Toronto FC Greg Vanney has switched from a three-defender setup to a back four, departing from the system it used for most of the regular season. The Reds are gambling with the formation change, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they changed systems if the game isn’t going well for them.

3:30 p.m.: Here are the starting lineups.

Seattle Sounders

Here’s your @Delta Starting XI for today's #MLSCup vs @TorontoFC! Tune in to ESPN at 1:00 p.m. PT. It’s time to #DefendOurCup!

➡️https://t.co/mAliHnBgeC pic.twitter.com/nfQVxqmiL0

— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

Toronto FC

It’s time

Here’s today’s @BMO starting XI vs. @SoundersFC#TFCLive | #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/nyWjeuBBkR

— Toronto FC (@torontofc) December 9, 2017

Estas son las alineaciones titulares de @torontofc y @SoundersFC para la final de la @MLS #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/pXjukftPzp

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) December 9, 2017

Here we go – Opta's *corrected* XIs for #MLSCup. Diamond for TFC suggests some caution on Vanney's part IMO, which may not bode well… & @empiregass owes me a beer for thinking Rodriguez wouldn't start for SSFC. He's class, m8! pic.twitter.com/E0LXiW9jyK

— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) December 9, 2017

3:15 p.m. ET: We’ll soon learn whether Toronto FC can achieve its big payback.

The Reds will host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BMO Field in MLS Cup 2017, a rematch of last season’s title game, which Seattle won on penalty kicks following a goal-less draw.

MLS Cup XXII coverage begins at 4 ET on ESPN (kickoff at 4:30 ET).

Toronto-Seattle is the third back-to-back MLS Cup matchup: pic.twitter.com/gXipIzGkWj

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

Toronto is the slight favorite to win, given its home-field advantage, current form and historic success during the regular season.

3 – @torontofc has lost just 3 times in their last 20 @MLS games (12W-5D) and outscored their opposition 46-21 along those 20 matches. Stride.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

.@torontofc is the sixth runner-up to reach #MLSCup the next season.

Two of the previous five won the title. pic.twitter.com/sbxEKzwzmw

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

Seattle also has winners’ pedigree, rock-solid defense and no intention of missing the chance to become just the fourth back-to-back champion in MLS history.

6 – @SoundersFC has not conceded in 6 straight games – a franchise record (5W-1D) – and have kept clean sheets in 12 of their last 18 @MLS matches (10W-6D-2L). Ludicrous.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) December 9, 2017

.@SoundersFC is the fifth defending champion to reach #MLSCup.

Three of the previous four won back-to-back titles. pic.twitter.com/1eubU2PQ69

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 9, 2017

Seattle vs. Toronto will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from BMO Field, as we’ll bring you sights and sounds from MLS Cup 2017.

Ready and waiting. #MLSCup pic.twitter.com/JQy5GdxCjt

— Major League Soccer (@MLS) December 9, 2017

Click for our Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC prediction

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Sebastian Giovinco Leads The Cavalry For Toronto FC Game In San Jose

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Sebastian Giovinco Leads The Cavalry For Toronto FC Game In San Jose

Sebastian Giovinco Leads The Cavalry For Toronto FC Game In San Jose

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Sebastian Giovinco Leads The Cavalry For Toronto FC Game In San Jose