MLS Cup: Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalties to win first title

Seattle celebrate MLS Cup win
Neither team had been in the final, which is the deciding match of the MLS season, before

Seattle Sounders won the MLS Cup for the first time after beating Toronto FC 5-4 on penalties.

Defender Roman Torres scored the winning spot-kick after his side failed to register a shot on target as the match finished goalless in 120 minutes.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei made several good saves before stopping one of two penalties the Canadians missed.

Frei, a former Toronto player, made his best save when tipping away Jozy Altidore's header in the 108th minute.

"It looked like it was going to go in and then all of a sudden here comes this paw," said Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer.

"It was a tremendous save but there were a couple of other times I thought the ball might have gone in."

Both sides were making their first appearance in the deciding match of the MLS season, held at Toronto's ground, BMO Field.

"That was one of the great saves that I have seen in a big moment because that goal to me ends the game," Toronto boss Greg Vanney said of Frei's full-stretch stop.

"We win if we score that. He saved the game for them."

Frei's save
Former Sunderland striker Altidore was denied by a superb stop from 30-year-old Switzerland-born keeper Frei
Morrow hits bar
After Toronto's Justin Morrow hit the bar in the shootout, Seattle knew they would win if they scored their next penalty
Defender Roman Torres celebrates
And Panama centre-back Torres smashed the ball home right down the middle for victory
The match kicked off at 20:15 Eastern Time in Toronto, Canada, when the temperature was reported as −5C

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