Ex-Premier League flop scores to help Toronto to their first MLS crown

Jozy Altidore scored just three times in 52 appearances during his time at Sunderland.

MLS Cup Final Soccer Jozy Altidore celebrates after putting Toronto ahead in the MLS Cup final. Source: Mark Blinch

TORONTO FC CLAIMED their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO Field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Toronto, who endured a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to the Sounders in the title match in Toronto last season, became the first Canadian club to win the MLS title.

They added the league’s ultimate prize to the Supporters’ Shield they won as the team with the best record in the league. With their Canadian Championship they completed a historic MLS treble.

“This has been the dream for four years, since the day I got here,” said Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley. “And for the last year, the dream has become an obsession.

“For this group of guys to work every single day having to remember last year, to get back here, to play that game in this atmosphere with that on the line — it’s unbelievable.”

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the hero for the Sounders in last year’s triumph, again threatened to derail Toronto’s challenge with save after save.

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But Frei, who hadn’t surrendered a goal in this season’s MLS Cup playoffs, finally succumbed in the 67th as Sebastian Giovinco’s pass found Altidore, who eluded Roman Torres and fired over Frei.

The eighth post-season goal of Altidore’s career saw him named MLS Cup Most Valuable Player. Vazquez converted from close range in the waning moments after a shot from Armando Cooper bounced off the right post.

– © AFP 2017

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