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“Devastating”: 20 fans describe Toronto FC’s MLS Final loss in one word

By Giordano Ciampini| Photography by Giordano Ciampini
"Devastating": 20 fans describe Toronto FC's MLS Final loss in one word

Penalty kicks are a cruel way to end any soccer game: after 120 minutes, two exhausted teams surrender their fates to what essentially amounts to a series of coin tosses. They’re an extra harsh decider if you’re Toronto FC, playing on home turf in your first-ever MLS Final after not just a long season, but nine straight years of disappointment.

Make that 10. Despite owning the pitch and registering all the match’s best chances at goal—see: the Seattle Sounders keeper’s spectacular fingertip save—TFC lost five to four in penalties. Sportscasters and supporters can and will say plenty about the match. We asked shell-shocked fans something simpler: describe the MLS Final in one word.

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Adam Moore

23, student “Disappointing.”

 

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Mike Wright

25, Factory Worker “Emotional.”

 

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Susana Pinto

22, Legal Receptionist “Incredible.”

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Mike Samotowka

40, Music Teacher “Exciting.”

 

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Neal Clement

53, Medical Technologist “Excruciating.”

 

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Rick Cote

33, Business Analyst “Tough.”

 

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Gary Fraga

33, Realtor “Heartbreaking.”

 

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Craig England

38, Architect “Devastating.”

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Victoria Fagundes

24, Early Childhood Educator “Nail-biting.”

 

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Brett Bouldt

29, Longshoreman “Finally.”

 

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Goran Sudetic

35, Architect “Speechless.”

 

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Jon MacCall

57, Software Engineer “Meh.”

 

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Arsen Kelesoglu

20, Student “Passionate.”

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Lyndon Hooper

50, Ontario Soccer Association “Teaser.”

 

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Rachael Lyons

26, Veterinary Assistant “Epic.”

 

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Ryan MacDonald

39, 911 Dispatcher “Exciting.”

 

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Pete Block

44, Telecom Tech “Sorrow.”

 

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Rylee Block

16, Student “Disappointing.”

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Marc Rice

29, Chef “Thank you.”

 

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Sonia Munoz

23, BMO Field Employee “Proud.”

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Correction
December 12, 2016

An earlier version of this post misidentified Gary Fraga as Fred Fraga.

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