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

“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.

Adam Moore

23, student


Mike Wright

25, Factory Worker


Susana Pinto

22, Legal Receptionist


Mike Samotowka

40, Music Teacher


Neal Clement

53, Medical Technologist


Rick Cote

33, Business Analyst


Gary Fraga

33, Realtor


Craig England

38, Architect


Victoria Fagundes

24, Early Childhood Educator


Brett Bouldt

29, Longshoreman


Goran Sudetic

35, Architect


Jon MacCall

57, Software Engineer


Arsen Kelesoglu

20, Student


Lyndon Hooper

50, Ontario Soccer Association


Rachael Lyons

26, Veterinary Assistant


Ryan MacDonald

39, 911 Dispatcher


Pete Block

44, Telecom Tech


Rylee Block

16, Student


Marc Rice

29, Chef
“Thank you.”


Sonia Munoz

23, BMO Field Employee


December 12, 2016

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