Rodriguez, 30, who celebrates his third season with Sounders FC, made the big difference not only for the goal, 2-0, which marked when the 76th minute of the second half was fulfilled, but also since 61 , when he entered to replace the Australian defender Brad Smith, he was the one who regained control of the ball for the new champion team and gave him peace of mind in his game.
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer, who has always relied on the game and the contribution of the Spanish footballer, made the most important decision of the game by taking out the man who allowed him to recover the ball in the center of the field, giving tranquility to all team and regain concentration in the game.
"It is something incredible what I have lived," said Rodriguez at the end of the game and know that he had been named winner of the MVP award. "I always said that I was ready to help the team when the mister considered it appropriate and I feel very happy for the goal I scored, but especially for the great victory and the title of champions," he added.
Rodriguez acknowledged that the pass given by his partner, the Uruguayan Nicolas Lodeiro, was very good and with the control of the ball he was able to shoot placed and low to beat the French goalkeeper of Toronto FC, Quentin Westberg, who was out of place after the ball touched on Justin Morrow defender.
"The victory has been for the whole team, I think we knew how to suffer when Toronto FC had possession of the ball, but after the goal scored by Kelvin (Leerdam) everything changed in our favor," Rodriguez said. "I knew that at any moment I could go out to the field and I was prepared to give everything as I always do."
Rodriguez, who suffered the disappointment of having lost the 2017 final also against Toronto FC (0-2), said he was doubly happy to have "avenged" sportsfully and given the title to Seattle fans.
"They are unique and deserve this joy," Rodriguez said. "Now is the time to start enjoying the celebration of the triumph of the title and the MVP prize" .EFE
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