Toronto FC became the very first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup after beating Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the final.
The club will also become the first MLS team to win a domestic treble, after Greg Vanney’s side also won this year’s Supporters’ Shield — for finishing top of the MLS table — and the Canadian Championship, their domestic cup title.
The team also managed to secure a record 69 points in a MLS season.
On the other hand, Seattle — aiming to become only the fourth team to retain the MLS Cup — came into the game on the back of six clean sheets and looked to frustrate the hosts in the final, but was pinned back throughout.
After having lost to Seattle on penalties in last year’s final, Toronto lead deservedly this time around when Jozy Altidore latched on to Sebastian Giovinco’s through ball and clipped a shot over Stefan Frei, before Victor Vazquez added an injury-time second from close range.
It was almost a cruel twist of fate for Frei, who had earlier made a host good saves to deny the likes of Jonathan Osorio, Giovinco, Marco Delgado and Víctor Vazquez in the first half.
But Toronto continued to push after the break, and it was Altidore who found the way through, although there were claims he was offside when Giovinco played his pass forward.
On the other side, Seattle — with former Fulham and Tottenham player Clint Dempsey in their team — offered little going forward and only had two shots on target.
Their push for a late equaliser bore no fruit as Vazquez scrambled TFC’s second into an empty net after Armando Cooper’s own shot found the woodwork.