Seattle Sounders became North American champions for the first time as they beat Toronto on penalties in Saturday's MLS final in football.
The match had to be settled with penalties after 120 minutes without any goals. Roman Torres scored the decisive penalty when he scored the 5th goal for the Sounders.
- It will take some time to digest this. I am incredibly proud of the boys, said Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer.
Toronto hoped to become the first Canadian MLS champion, but had to endure a painful loss on home soil.
It was Toronto that had the best chance to score in the final. Not least in extra-time when Jozy Altidore header seemed to give the Canadians the lead, but Seattle's Swiss goalkeeper Stefan Frei denied him with a jaw-dropping save. The ball went in an arc and headed into the corner, but Frei managed to get it away.
- It is one of the most powerful rescues I've seen in a decisive battle. We had won if it had gone in, said Toronto coach Greg Vanney.
Seattle Sounders became part of the MLS league in 2009. The team has reached the playoffs every year, but only this year managed to reach the final.