SEATTLE—A non-call by MLS Cup referee Allen Chapman had Toronto FC players scratching their heads and wondering what could have been following a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
The Sounders broke the deadlock in the 57th minute of Sunday’s match when a cross by defender Kelvin Leerdam deflected off Reds defender Justin Morrow and into Toronto’s net.
A collision between TFC midfielder Jonathan Osorio and Seattle counterpart Cristian Roldan in the buildup to that goal perplexed the visitors post-game. From Osorio’s perspective, Roldan committed a professional foul by obstructing his run near midfield. Captain Michael Bradley, who believed the Sounders had been largely pinned into their half until that point, touched a ball on to Osorio, who remembered escaping a sliding tackle by Leerdam and pushing the ball into space.