The Seattle Sounders won their second MLS Cup in club history on Sunday afternoon, holding off Toronto FC 3-1 to do it for the first time in front of their loud and proud fans. They did it, once again, in a way that was far from classic, too, showcasing a willingness to bend but not break.
They might have been outplayed every step of the way, just as many of their playoff battles have gone over the years, but in the end, they came out on top. The scoring was started by Kelvin Leerdam, whose cross-shot was deflected into the net in the 57th minute. Victor Rodriguez doubled the lead in the 76th minute with a fine effort, before they got the third goal in the 90th minute from Raul Ruidiaz. A late, late Jozy Altidore for the Canadians was too little too late, as they lost for the second time in three MLS Cups against the Sounders, all of which have come in a four-year period.