2016 MLS Cup Final: Exclusive photos from the Sounders’ penalty win over Toronto

The 2016 MLS season is now officially over. Saturday’s MLS Cup Final was far from the game many had hoped for, with Seattle Sounders and Toronto playing out a disappointing 0-0 after 120 minutes of action, but history was made at the end at BMO Field.

Seattle lifted a first ever MLS Cup title after edging past Toronto in a tense penalty shootout, with centre-back Roman Torres slotting in the winning penalty to send the travelling Sounders fans into raptures.

Toronto captain Michael Bradley missed in the shootout, but it was Justin Morrow’s shot that cannoned off the crossbar which allowed Torres to seal the victory.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s final below, taken by our MLS Photographer Denise McCooey.

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PHOTOS: Exclusive images from Seattle Sounders’ 4-0 win over Orlando City

The Seattle Sounders got a much needed win under their belt when they beat Orlando City 4-0 on Sunday night, snapping a worrying five-game losing streak.

Things have not been easy for the Sounders in recent times but the return of Obafemi Martins inspired them to victory, while new signings Roman Torres and Nelson Valdez made their debuts and also strengthened Sigi Schmid’s team.

Martins netted twice, while Valdez scored a debut goal and Thomas added a late fourth. Seattle were dominant and were helped by the fact Orlando had to play more than half of the game with ten men after Tyler Turner saw red for two bookings in the first-half.

Orlando have now lost their last three away games and are outside of the playoff places in the Eastern Conference with nine games to play.

Seattle are hanging on to sixth spot in the West and are eight points off top spot with nine games to play too.

Check out the exclusive images from the game below, taken by our North American photographer Denise McCooey.

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PHOTOS: Exclusive images of new Sounders signing Roman Torres in training

The Seattle Sounders have not been anywhere near good enough in recent times, but they are actively trying to change that by shaking up their roster as we approach the final stretch of the regular season.

A new Designated Player has arrive in the form of Nelson Valdez, while Andreas Ivanschitz has further bolstered the attack. Then, today Panamanian centre-back Roman Torres was acquired using Targeted Allocation Money as Seattle look to start climbing back up the Western Conference.

Torres should bolster the Sounders’ backline and his threat from set-pieces will also prove to be valuable. He helped Panama to a third-place finish at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup and looks a promising signing.

See him in action in Sounders training below, along with some other shots taken by our North American photographer, Denise McCooey.

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