MLS Cup 2016 Finals

The 2016 Major League Soccer Cup was the 20th season of MLS. The Western Conference champion, Seattle Sounders FC had a 14-9-5 record and won the conference title. In the Eastern Conference, Toronto FC finished with a 19-9-6 record and won the conference championship.

The Western Conference champion, Seattle Sounders FC had a 14-9-5 record and won the conference title. In the Eastern Conference, Toronto FC finished with a 19-9-6 record and won the conference championship.

Toronto FC had the most goals of any MLS club this year with 74 goals in 34 games. Sebastian Giovinco led Toronto in scoring this year with 17 goals and 15 assists in 33 starts.

Who won the MLS cup 2016?

The Western Conference champion, Seattle Sounders FC had a 14-9-5 record and won the conference title.

How the Sounders got to the MLS Cup Finals

It was a tough season for the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders started off the season with a schedule that involved eight games on the road.

They only won three of their first eight games. However, the Sounders were still in the hunt for a playoff spot at this point.

The season became even more difficult with Clint Dempsey leaving to join the United States Men’s National Team for Copa America Centenario. Seattle struggled to get points throughout the rest of May and into early June before finally starting to win some games towards the later part of June.

Seattle’s struggles came to a halt on July 24th when Nicolas Lodeiro joined the team from Boca Juniors of Argentina. In his 12 games played, Lodeiro led the Sounders to a 8-2-2 record and brought them into a playoff spot that they had not been in since week two.

The surprising part about all this is that Lodeiro had an injured knee since coming to the United States on August 3rd. However, he did not let the injury stop him from playing his best for Seattle. The Sounders finished out their season with a 13-3-2 record in their last 18 games and concluded with a total of 15-9-5 record for third place in the Western Conference.

The Sounders won their knockout match against FC Dallas with a 3-0 score. In the conference semifinals, they beat Sporting KC with a 1-1 score. Then, in the conference finals, Seattle beat Colorado 2-1 to set up a rematch for this year’s MLS Cup.

The Finals

On December 10, 2016, Toronto FC played Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup. The game was hosted at BMO Field in Toronto.

Toronto FC was the home team and had the advantage of playing the game on their home field. The game was the third time in the history of MLS that a Canadian team reached the championship.

Toronto FC’s elevation advantage over Seattle proved to be decisive in the defeat, since Seattle played most of the game with ten men on defense due to an early injury caused by Jozy Altidore. The conditions were not better for both teams because it was raining and cold.

The game started off with a goal by Jozy Altidore in the 6th minute of play. In the 24th minute, Seattle Sounders tied up the game with a goal by Nelson Valdez. The first half ended with a tie at 1-1.

The second half was much different than the first. It started off with Jordan Morris assisting Clint Dempsey in scoring in the 52nd minute, giving Seattle Sounders a 2-1 lead. However, only 10 minutes later, Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco assisted Altidore in tying up the game 2-2.

The second half ended with another goal by Jordan Morris assisted by Nicolas Lodeiro in the 82nd minute, giving Seattle Sounders a 3-2 lead. The game ended with this score and Seattle Sounders won their first championship since joining MLS.

Conclusion

The Seattle Sounders were the Western Conference Champion in this year’s MLS Cup. Tying up with Toronto FC for 19-9-6 record, they won because of their higher goal count and higher seed position.

The Sounders team was not one of the highest goal teams in this year’s MLS Cup, but they were able to win because of their teamwork.

The Sounders worked together to achieve their goal of winning the Cup, and as a result they were able to set themselves as one of the best teams in this year’s Cup.

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