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Winners & Losers: Sounders 3, Toronto FC 2

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Seattle gets passes their toughest test of the year

Some game of soccer, wasn’t it? I had to remind myself to breathe after Jozy Altidore scored his second to make it 3-2. I reckon I didn’t breathe for the five minutes between the 65th minute and the 70th. At any rate, the Sounders might be the best team in MLS and it is an absolute joy to be alive.

Winners

Different ways of winning

The Seattle Sounders are off to the best start in their MLS history at 5-0-1. By now the slow start narrative is dead and buried, surely. But it hasn’t been the smoothest sailing for the Sounders. This is the second time this season the Sounders have picked up all three points after going down 1-0 at home. Seattle has gotten creative in finding ways to win during this stretch. Between blowing out Cincinnati and Chicago, and grinding out wins against Toronto and Real Salt Lake, the Sounders can seemingly win in all sorts of ways.

Will Bruin

Will Bruin picked up his second start of the season and took full advantage of it by scoring a brace.

The forward was a handful for Toronto FC’s backline all day, constantly getting in behind by playing in the in-between spaces between Laurent Ciman and Chris Mavinga. Obviously, Raúl Ruidíaz is a very good striker, but it’s great that the Sounders have a reliable deputy.

Losers

Seeing the game out

The first half of the second half was very good. The Sounders controlled the tempo and put themselves in a good spot to see the game out after they went 3-1 up. But Jozy Altidore had other ideas after he scored his second of the match. To see out the match, the Sounders tried to go with 5 in the back and I don’t think it really worked. I mean, it’s a results-based business and they took home all the points, but they held on for dear life at the end. I would’ve liked to see the Sounders continue to control the ball and out-possess TFC, but they didn’t do that. To be fair, having to sub off Bruin and Morris wasn’t ideal.

TFC vs Stefan Frei’s left hand

TFC have got to be sick of seeing Stefan Frei make saves like this against them with his left hand. If Frei doesn’t make this save, I think Roldan probably clears the ball, but it’s still an incredible save.

Now it’s your turn — who are your winners and losers?