‘Beyond family’: TFC united in face of adversity en route to MLS title – Major League Soccer MLS

TORONTO — In the lead up to their much anticipated MLS Cup rematch against the Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC were laser-focused, almost business-like with each passing day.

On Saturday evening, those walls came down as TFC left their emotions on the field hoping to give their dedicated fan base the championship they felt they were robbed of last year.

And it looked like they were heading that way again.

Toronto dominated the first half, peppering shot after shot on Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, only to have their old friend turned nemesis deny them each time.

But Seattle tempted fate one too many times and in the 67th minute, Toronto forward Jozy Altidore finally got the best of Frei, sending BMO Field into a frenzy that was 11 years in the making.

It was a lead TFC wouldn’t surrender en route to a 2-0 victory and instead of seat cushions flying from the stands, it was confetti falling down as captain Michael Bradley hoisted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

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Special for coach Vanney

But this win wasn’t just for the city of Toronto, it was for special a person that’s been with Toronto head coach Greg Vanney every step of his life and once the final whistle blew, he knew she was right there with him.

“I looked up to the sky because as most of you are aware, I lost my mother this year and she would’ve been really proud. I’ve lost this [championship] game four times prior to tonight and she was a witness to all of those.” Vanney said.

TFC coach Greg Vanney lost his mother last year, making his team’s MLS Cup victory this season extra special. (Chicco Nacion/CBC Sports)

Jeanette Vanney passed away at the age of 69 last April in an Arizona hospital with her husband William by her side.

Greg says his mother was like a lot of moms — his No.1 fan at his youth soccer games yelling at referees whenever he didn’t get calls.

Like her husband,…

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