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Toronto FC fall short in 2019 MLS Cup Final

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For the second time in four seasons, the Reds have fallen short to Seattle in the MLS Cup Final.

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Seattle Sounders defender Kelvin Leerdam (18) is congratulated for scoring a goal against the Toronto FC in the second half during the MLS Cup at CenturyLink Field.
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TORONTO, Ont.— Despite a valiant first-half effort, Toronto FC fell short to the eventual 2019 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

While Toronto controlled the tempo for most of the game, Seattle manged to score three goals in the second half, en route to clinching their second league title in four seasons, putting a stamp on their recent reign over MLS.

Jozy Altidore, who entered the match in the 68th minute after missing the entire post-season for Toronto FC, pulled one goal back for the Reds late in injury time — a consolation marker for TFC at best.

Also with the loss, Toronto FC Captain Michael Bradley’s contract will indeed expire at the end of the season after the Reds failed to pick up the victory. Bradley appeared in his 200th match as a member of TFC in the loss.

If TFC did manage to pull out the win on Sunday, it would have automatically triggered a one-year $6.5 million contract extension for the TFC skipper. However, as it stands, the American will be without a contract heading into 2020.