Toronto FC’s crushing loss in the MLS Cup final on penalty kicks was tough to swallow for many sports fans. It’s counter-intuitive that a team that has no shots on goal during play should win anything, let alone a league crown. But that’s what happened Saturday night at BMo Field. The bottom line is TFC wasn’t able to put the ball in the net either…when this team succeeds, it’s because Giovinco plays well. He did not. Michael Bradley was a non-factor, and had his weak penalty try stopped. The moves Greg Vanney made to get to win the East final, late substitutions of Cheyrou and Ricketts, didn’t pan out this time, though Ricketts had a glorious chance in extra time that rolled just by the post. That meant no Giovinco in penalty kicks. It may not have mattered, but it could have. I think I knew when former TFC keeper Stefan Frei made that amazing one-handed save on Jozy Altidore in extra-time that this wasn’t going to be TFC’s night.
Regardless, it was damn exciting to watch, and this city has seen one team reach its league finals and two others reach their conference finals in back-to-back years in the past two seasons. The Toronto sports scene is alive again, and just imagine if these young and upcoming Leafs can find the next level. Despite last night’s heartbreak, it’s good to be a Toronto sports fan right now.