Jozy Altidore joined Toronto FC’s post-game press conference halfway through an answer by captain Michael Bradley. The most valuable player in the Reds’ 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in Saturday evening’s MLS Cup final was dressed in a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Champions” and had ski googles resting on his forehead, protection from the champagne- and beer-fuelled celebration in Toronto’s locker room not minutes earlier. Altidore lifted his hands in celebration as he climbed onto the platform. “Sorry I’m late,” he said, plunked into his designated chair while receiving slaps on the back from his grinning teammates. Better late than never — which applies to more than Altidore’s post-game performance. Eleven years after joining the league and 364 days after a heartbreaking loss in their first trip to the MLS championship game — against the same opponent — TFC had what they desired most: the MLS Cup trophy, to go along with the Canadian championship and their first Supporters’ Shield as regular-season champions, for an unprecedented treble.
Toronto FC captures MLS Cup
Toronto Star | Dec 10