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6 Jonathan Osorio (Canada, 25)
Shuttled the ball back to front, plugged up the middle, fired in a good shot.
6 Marky Delgado (USA, 22)
A solid game in the trenches with four tackles and seven recoveries and a ton of hard work.
8 Victor Vazquez (Spain, 30)
Iced victory by tapping in a final-seconds rebound, which was just reward for a match of four key passes – including a threaded diagonal ball that covered almost 40 yards -- and the ball that Giovinco relayed to Altidore for his goal.
7 Sebastian Giovinco (Italy, 30)
Assisted on the game-winning goal, set up another good opportunity, forced four saves on seven shots, didn’t do well with his free kicks.
7 Jozy Altidore (USA, 28)
Just as he did in the second leg of the conference finals he chased a ball played into space and coolly steered it into the net. Also set up teammates three times for good chances.
5 Armando Cooper (Panama, 30)
Rang a shot off the post that Vazquez knocked in.
NR Nick Hagglund (USA, 25)
Added muscle in the back.
NR Benoit Cheyrou (France, 36)
Got on the field for stoppage time.
8 Stefan Frei (Switzerland, 31)
Required too many times to pull off tough saves and by far the Sounders’ best player.
4 Kelvin Leerdam (Netherlands, 27)
Looked dangerous a few times going forward but crosses produced almost nothing. Cut inside to fire one shot way over the bar.
5 Roman Torres (Panama, 31)
Failed to close down Altidore on the winning goal, won a lot of tackles and aerial duels.
5 Chad Marshall (USA, 33)
Quelled a few threats with vital clearances, and repelled numerous crosses. Couldn’t get a piece of Cooper rebound off the post. Caught sleeping on ball as Giovinco slipped in behind him.
4 Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago, 26)
Did a fair job defensively and set up one scoring chance but passed very poorly.
5 Cristian Roldan (USA, 22)
Saved goals with two vital interventions a few minutes apart. Served up too many interceptions.
4 Gustav Svensson (Sweden, 38)
Rolled fours in clearances, recoveries, and interceptions, but didn’t win a tackle and there were times when he needed to.
2 Victor Rodriguez (Spain, 28)
Completed most of his passes in the middle third, contributed little at key moments.
3 Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay, 28)
Dismal on the ball, lost it on the dribble three times. Played two key passes but otherwise didn’t much influence the game.
3 Clint Dempsey (USA, 34)
Managed to take four shots, only attempt on goal was easily saved.
2 Will Bruin (USA, 28)
Seldom emerged from the black hole created by Moor and Mavinga.
4 Jordan Morris (USA, 23)
Drove in a decent cross, added a bit of impetus to the attack.
NR Noulou Tolo (Cameroon, 20)
TRIVIA. Toronto FC is the first team to win a MLS Cup rematch after losing the previous season. Houston swept New England in the 2006 and 2007 finals, and lost to the Galaxy in 2011 and 2012.
Dec. 9 in Toronto
Toronto FC 2 Seattle 0. Goals: Altidore (Giovinco) 67, Vazquez 90+4.
Toronto FC – Bono; Beitashour, Moor, Mavinga, Morrow, Bradley, Delgado (Cheyrou, 90+3), Osorio (Cooper, 85), Vazquez, Giovinco, Altidore (Hagglund, 86).
Seattle – Frei; Leerdam, Torres, Marshall, Jones (Tolo, 91), Roldan, Svensson, Lodeiro, Dempsey, Rodriguez (Morris, 71), Bruin.
Referee: Allan Chapman.