Toronto FC claimed their first ever MLS Cup on Saturday, winning 2-0 and avenging last year’s defeat to Seattle Sounders in the final. For a while this game was similar to last year’s final, with Toronto being the side with the better chances, but Stefan Frei keeping Seattle in the game. The deadlock was finally broken in the 67th minute though, as a Seattle attack broke down, and Toronto countered expertly, with a series of one-touch passes led to Sebastian Giovinco sending a throughball in for Jozy Altidore, who sent a shot from his left foot into the bottom corner, and sent BMO Field into raptures. Toronto FC sealed the deal in stoppage time, with a goal by Victor Vazquez. 2-0 doesn’t really tell the tale of the game, as without Frei this game easily could’ve been 3-0 or 4-0. Whether or not Toronto FC is the greatest team of all time is a subjective argument that you could probably argue till the end of time. However, this is pretty clearly the greatest MLS season of all time, as Toronto FC became the first MLS team to win a domestic treble, winning MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, and the Canadian Championship.
Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford in the first edition of the Manchester Derby this season. In doing so, City equalled Arsenal’s record of 14 Premier League wins in a row. The goal scorers for City were David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, and they preserved the lead late on with a spectacular save by City goalkeeper Ederson. This victory takes City 11 points clear at the top of the table. Over in Liverpool, the game ended 1-1, after Everton equalized late with a controversial penalty. The scorer of the penalty was none other than Wayne Rooney. Liverpool have a right to feel aggrieved after the game, as they dominated play and the penalty given was very soft. At the same time, that’s what happens when you don’t finish the chances that you get earlier in a game.
Borussia Dortmund fired manager Peter Bosz about halfway into their season. Dortmund started off the season well, but then went into a nose dive, characterized by a poor Champions League campaign, a long winless streak, and a 4-4 draw against Schalke in which Dortmund were winning in the first half 4-0. Former Cologne manager Peter Stöger will be in charge of the team till the end of the season. Questions has to be asked of management, as clashes between former manager Thomas Tuchel and management led to Tuchel’s departure. However, the team is far off the pace since Tuchel left, and they don’t look they will get back there soon.
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been quite the same level so far this season in La Liga as he usually is. However, Ronaldo showed out on Saturday, scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Sevilla. The day was a celebration for Ronaldo, as he was honored for winning the Ballon d’Or, his 5th time winning the award. This is a nice way to go into the Club World Cup, and with the Clasico against Barcelona looming after that, Ronaldo in his best form is good news for Real Madrid.
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