MLS Cup Final 2017
Seattle Sounders at Toronto F.C.
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 9th: 4:00 P.M. EST
Watch on ESPN (United States) and TSN (Canada)
Will Seattle Repeat? Or Will Toronto Win Their First?
Last season, both teams finished in the middle of the pack and wound up in the finals. This season, both teams finished near or at the top of their respective conferences. The Seattle Sounders, led by top goalscorer (both regular season, 13, and playoffs, 3) Clint Dempsey, finished the season going 14W-11D-9L. Finishing with 53 total points, they landed in the second seed behind the Portland Timbers. The team had a less than impressive first half of the season going 5-4-7. However, the team picked themselves back up and finished the second half of the season 9-7-2 to claim the second seed. In his first season with the Sounders, forward Will Bruin made a name for himself by scoring 11 goals. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei was a rock in goal leading the league with 13 clean sheets. However, when playing against forwards like Giovinco and Altidore, Frei will have a big task on his hands.
Last season ended in disappointment for Toronto F.C. when they lost in penalties to the Sounders. The team once again is determined to bring Toronto it’s first MLS Cup trophy. Forward Sebastian Giovinco was phenomenal on the pitch, ranking eighth in goals with 16. Not far behind is fellow teammate Jozy Altidore finishing tenth with 15 goals. Toronto’s greatest advantage going into the Final is that the match will be played at home. This season, Toronto only lost one match at BMO Field and had a goal differential of +30. However, they are still going up against the Sounders. In the regular season, Toronto edged out Seattle in a 1-0 win thanks to an Altidore penalty. If there was any season for Toronto to win it all, this is their year.
Toronto F.C. 1, Seattle Sounders 0
Possible Goalscorer: Sebastian Giovinco or Jozy Altidore
Cup Final MVP: Sebastian Giovinco