The South Stand Report : Toronto v Seattle, MLS Cup Edition

Old Seattle logo with new colours

There is no fucking way you are reading this news for the first time, so I’ll get on with it.

Bold Predictions :

  1. Toronto wins
  2. Seattle doesn’t
  3. Vazquez scores

On to the Match :

67’ – GOAL – Giovinco sends a perfect through ball to Altidore, chips the keeper, I make a ‘pant mess’.

90+4’ – GOAL – Giovinco sends Cooper through on the right side, beats Frei, but not the post. Vazquez takes it in the junk and thrusts it in the empty goal.

Full Time : Toronto 2, Seattle 0


Man of the Match : Michael Bradley, because he played like he wanted it so bad.

Goat of the Game : none.

Ref Rating : 3 out of 5. He let them play for the most part, but he also was willing to let Seattle toss players around without reprimand

I Am Not The Gaffer, But… : Masterclass.

In Case You PVR’d It : it’s a great match.

Kit Spotting : none but a row of people made ponchos out of various season ticket scarves. Looked great.

Bold Predictions Results :

  1. Nailed it. They did.
  2. Nailed it. They did.
  3. Nailed it. He did at the last crotch-thrust of the match.

Mr. Vanney, thank you for getting Cheyrou a run-out onto the pitch. I don’t need to hear about tactical motivations.  I see it.  He’s a legend.  I told him so at a baggage carousel coming back from Mexico.  We’re, like, besties.  Anyways, taking it for what I know and understand, that was #classyAF and if he had bagged a goal, I’d have permanently lost my shit.  

Giovinco was a very unselfish version of himself tonight.  Not to say that a striker shouldn’t be selfish, but goal scoring wasn’t his solitary thought. He played very thoughtful balls and looked more like an attacking midfielder than forward. Thank you for that.

Fuck handing the trophy over to the owners.  Why is that a thing?  You’re millionaires/billionaires.  If you want fame in addition to wealth, run for office.  You signed the cheques. You make money. Not a single person in the stadium paid to see your old white male face (I’m assuming that covers most of the league), especially at a soccer game, receive a damn thing. If Garber/Gulati needs to pay fealty to these money people, then this isn’t sport, and this isn’t a league that gives a shit about it’s fans. #saveTheCrew

Frei was the difference between a being two-nil down at half-time and being two-nil at full time. Toronto put his ass to work.  I did mutter that I could see this being an MVP situation, even if Toronto wins 1-0.

I wanted Delgado to score in the first half, if only as a punishment to Seattle defenders for giving him more than one opportunity to have an unobstructed view from 20 yards out.  Also, Delgado knows the words to “O Canada”.  That gives me a pile of warm and fuzzies for the kid.

To you day-one’ers. I am happiest for you lot.  Through thin, thinner, brittle, shattered, rebuilt and thick, you’ve stuck by.  Whether you love the game, the team, the franchise, we made it.  Some clubs have had longer droughts, some have had lower-lows, but we’ve seen some shit.  This was a delight.  For the tweeters, bloggers, podcasters, supporters, people who have active discussions about the game with your friends and family, strangers on a subway, message boards, the journalists, those that earn a livelihood from this game, sincerely, congratulations.  We have a winner.

Player Ratings : Bono 6.5, Beitashour 7, Moor 6.5, Mavinga 6.5, Morrow 6.5, Vazquez 8, Delgado 6.5 (Cheyrou LEGEND), Bradley 8.5, Osorio 7 (Cooper N/A), Giovinco 7.5, Altidore 7.5 (Hagglund N/A)


Author: Mark Hinkley

Mark is a full-time graphic designer, full-time smart ass and full-time logo, stadium and kit nerd. When he isn't writing ridiculous match reports or redesigning logos for his own amusement, he's salivating over the day that promotion and relegation occurs in MLS. You can follow him @kitnerdmark on the twitterz.

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  1. I don’t want to hear Vanney refered to as a “student of the game” again… Voyageurs Cup, Supporters Shield, and MLS cup. Clearly Vanney is on the Dean’s honour list for outstanding acomplishment. Graduated, now will he go for his PHd and get another MLS cup?

    Also I expect a thorough report on the new upcoming TFC kit with the gold star. Now I hope the resident Vocal Minority kit expert Mr Hinkley will do it justice and analyze and disect all finer points of the current champion TFC kit.

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  2. Can’t Get Enough

    Much better than Depeche Mode. 😉

    Dominate performance, a team for the ages.

    Yep, Bradley or Frei were MotM and based on the win it is Bradley. Or maybe the 4-4-2 diamond was the star…good on you Vanney and staff.

    Hush now USA, your stars are stars. Hush now Moreno and Keller…the league is getting better and better and this team is the best ever. Hush now all you trolls…this was as good as it gets.

    Chapman was much better than Kelly was last year. But there sure looked like there was 2 PK’s that were get up and play on.

    This is no longer our game, the game we love got a lot bigger. TFC gave us a season that songs should be sung about.

    CONGRATULATIONS to TFC’s players, management, journo and supporters!

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  3. As a season seat holder since game 1 and a bad blogger since then too…. thank you for the thanks. It was always a huge part of my life and having company on the journey makes it all the better.

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  4. Great thoughts here all around. It’s been a rough ride getting here, but we finally get to enjoy the result. Thanks to everyone who made their thoughts known about this team over the years and who pushed them into becoming great. We witnessed an incredible season, cheers everyone!

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