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Ozzie Alonso seems to be venting about the Sounders' Protected List

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He's using a meme to take a shot at the Front Office, maybe.

Sports can be a harsh business. Injuries and time take our players from us, and in American sports expansion drafts add to potential ways to lose players beyond just reirement, trade and purchase. The Seattle Sounders did not protect their 2017 captain.

Sounders expose Osvaldo Alonso to MLS Expansion Draft

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Joevin Jones is only starter from MLS Cup final to be unprotected.

Los Angeles FC will have a couple former captains to choose from the Seattle Sounders in the Dec. 12 Expansion Draft. Free agent Brad Evans being unprotected was expected. Slightly more surprising, but not entirely unexpected as seen in this year's protectinator results, is that Designated Player Osvaldo Alonso is also on Seattle's unprotected list.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap


Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear


TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'


TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes


It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Lessons from MLS Cup: Sounders must start reloading now

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Degree to which Sounders were outplayed needs to be a warning sign.

TORONTO, Ontario — To say the Sounders were overwhelmed in Saturday's MLS Cup final rematch may not quite do the situation justice.

From almost the opening whistle until the bitter end, Toronto FC dominated. The 2-0 scoreline understated the degree to which they were the better team, as only several world-class stops by Stefan Frei kept it from getting completely out of hand.

One stat looms large over Sounders MLS Cup loss

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Seattle were utterly dominated in 1v1 duels, an area in which they've excelled in all season

TORONTO, Ontario — There's no denying that the Sounders were outplayed on Saturday night against Toronto FC in their second consecutive MLS Cup final against the Canadian club. The 2-0 result was fair, and probably a bit generous considering how the Sounders played for most of the match.

MLS offseason starts now

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The Sounders are about to lose some players.

Losing MLS Cup sucks. It's about to be worse, because several players will no longer be Sounders by the end of the weekend. By 9 a.m. Sunday the Seattle Sounders will exercise their options and make bona fide offers on the players where those conditions apply.

Toronto FC vs. Sounders, MLS Cup recap: No repeat

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Despite a world class Stefan Frei performance, Seattle couldn't come up with the goals and are thoroughly outplayed.

TORONTO, Ontario — Well, it was a good run.

Toronto FC, quite possibly adding the final piece they needed to call themselves the "best team in the history of MLS", dominated from end to end to win the franchise's first-ever MLS Cup.

It’s cold at BMO Field

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There's even a tiny chance of snow flurries

In what is becoming a recurring pattern, MLS Cup will be cold. The forecast is for low-to-mid-30s during the game, and a 15 percent chance of snow. Seattle Sounders practiced both in Toronto FC's bubble at their facility and at BMO Field itself. Long sleeves, snoods and hoodies were popular.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC MLS Cup Final, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN coverage starts at 1 PM. Watch with us.

A rematch in MLS Cup is a great thing. Toronto FC has the storyline of revenge, merged with the possibility of being the greatest team in MLS history. Only one thing stands in their way. The Seattle Sounders aren't interested in last year. They are unconcerned with history.

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Full coverage

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It's a rematch of Seattle's first ever MLS Cup victory. Watch on ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVAS, or MLS LIVE at 1 PM PT on December 9, 2016.

The 2017 MLS Cup Final is a rematch of the 2016 contest that Seattle Sounders won, but the two teams are different. Toronto FC set the record for points earned by an MLS team with 69.

Macklemore’s ‘Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight’ provides fitting soundtrack for MLS Cup

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Choice lines like "History is ours tonight" should get you in the perfect mood to #DefendOurCup.

It's matchday in Toronto! Let's go #DefendOurCup.


— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 9, 2017

Of all the songs the Macklemore songs the Seattle Sounders could use for one more hype video "Ain't Gonna Die Tonight" seems particularly fitting.

Why Seattle will win the MLS Cup Final

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The Sounder at Heart writers all gave their predictions for the final — and yes, Cristian Roldan comes up a lot.

By now you already know that Seattle has done some incredible things in their playoff run and broken some records. The Rave Green finally broke their winless streak in Houston and eclipsed the ten hour mark for shutout soccer, so why will they claim their second MLS Cup title in a row?

Scouting Report: Freezing out the Toronto FC offense

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The Reds' powerful offense faces down Seattle's soul-crushing defense. Only one can survive.

Building on yesterday's look into Toronto's defensive structure, tactics, and weaknesses, today we'll dig into their offensive game and what it'll take to stop it.

How Toronto sets up

For a team that led the league in goals, TFC's offensive setup is surprisingly sparse.

“It takes a city”

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Latest official hype video features Sounders across generations.

Our history includes legends. They walk with us, talk to us, they are us. America's greatest keeper is one of us. A Congo-London-Akron-Seattle native who pops into local soccer bars unannounced is one of us. A beautiful left foot is one of us.

MLS Cup 2017: Defend One More (A hype trailer)

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Just in case you needed a little adrenaline boost.

As if you needed a shot of adrenaline before one of the biggest matches in Seattle Sounders history, Likkit is here to provide it. Once again, he's transformed a pulse-quickening trailer (Avengers: Infinity War, in this case) and made it into an even better Sounders hype video.