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Sports The Seattle-Toronto rubber match -- a capsule look at Sunday's MLS Cup final

18:41  08 november  2019
18:41  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Sleepless in Seattle. The MLS Cup final kicks off early in Pacific Northwest

  Sleepless in Seattle. The MLS Cup final kicks off early in Pacific Northwest TORONTO — While it may not be sleepless in Seattle, Toronto FC will have an early start Sunday at the MLS Cup final with kickoff at noon local time (3 p.m. ET) at CenturyLink Field. And that has not happened too often this year, Toronto opened the regular season with a 1 p.m. ET kickoff in Philadelphia on March 2 and had four 3 p.m. ET starts, the last of which was May 18 in Salt Lake City. It also had five starts at 4 or 5 p.m. ET and one at 6 p.m. ET.In all, 23 of TFC's 34 regular-season games started at 7 p.m. ET or later.Toronto was slated to open the post-season at home to D.C. United on Oct. 19 at noon ET.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, and Toronto FC square off against Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders as they contest MLS Cup for the

Quentin Westberg's Unusual Journey to MLS Cup Full of Staying Power. Sixteen years ago, long before he would presumably start in goal for Toronto in Sunday ' s MLS Cup final against Seattle , Quentin Westberg was on the Look back at their past meetings–and ahead to the rubber match .

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SEATTLE — A look at Sunday's MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders:

WHERE: CenturyLink Field.

WHEN: 3 p.m. ET.

ATTENDANCE: Game is a sellout, with more than 69,000 expected.

REFEREE: Allen Chapman. He was also in charge of the 2017 final in Toronto.

ALL-TIME MEETINGS: The Sounders have a 9-3-2 edge in the regular-season series (including 5-2-1 in Seattle). The teams have split their playoff encounters, both in championship games, with Seattle winning in 2016 via penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie and Toronto winning the 2017 final 2-0. Both finals were in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore says it will take a miracle to pay Sunday in MLS Cup final

  Jozy Altidore says it will take a miracle to pay Sunday in MLS Cup final Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore offered a blunt update Monday on the quad strain that has kept him out of the MLS playoffs. "It's been a while. At this point, it'll take a little bit of a miracle to be out there on Sunday," he said, referencing the MLS Cup final in Seattle against the Sounders. "But that's where I am. And I've just got to try to keep trying to get myself there." Pressed on what's needed to get back on the field in time for Sunday's sold-out championship game at CenturyLink Field, Altidore repeated "a miracle" and laughed."As simple as that," he added. "That's where we're at at this point.

Seattle Sounders FC fall 2-0 to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup Final at BMO Field.

Highlights from Seattle Sounders FC' s MLS Cup -clinching win over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto , Canada. Seattle won the match after a penalty shootout.

THIS SEASON: Seattle (16-10-8) finished second in the West. Toronto (13-10-11) was fourth in the East. The Sounders won 3-2 this season when the teams met in April in Seattle.

ALREADY DISPATCHED: Seattle beat No. 7 FC Dallas, No. 3 Real Salt Lake and No. 1 Los Angeles FC en route to the final. Toronto dispatched No. 5 D.C. United, No. 1 New York City FC and No. 2 Atlanta United FC.

FORM: Toronto has won four straight and is undefeated in its last 13 regular-season and playoff games (7-0-6). TFC's last league loss was a 2-0 defeat Aug. 3 at the New York Red Bulls. Seattle has won five straight and has lost just twice in it last 12 league matches (8-2-2) since mid-August.

HOME/ROAD: Seattle tied for the fourth-best home record during the regular season at .765 (11-2-4). Toronto tied for fourth for away record at .441 (4-6-7).

Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup final

  Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup final Two showcase franchises meet as Toronto and Seattle clash again in MLS Cup finalTFC will have to do it on hostile ground, however, with a sellout crowd of more than 69,000 solidly behind the home-town Sounders at CenturyLink Field as Toronto and Seattle meet in the MLS Cup final for the third time in four years.

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The MLS Cup trophy is displayed on the roof of the Space Needle with the downtown Seattle in the background. Respect was the order of the day Thursday as the Seattle Sounders met the media ahead of Toronto ’s arrival in the Pacific Northwest for Sunday ’ s MLS Cup final .

STILL TO COME: A Seattle goal in open play in the final.

QUESTION-MARKS: Toronto striker Jozy Altidore has not played since the Oct. 6 regular-season finale because of a quad strain and his recent updates have been very bleak. Toronto coach Greg Vanney has to choose between Laurent Ciman and Omar Gonzalez at centre back. Gonzalez was the starter but missed time with a hamstring issue and Ciman has looked good filling in for him.

SOUNDERS TO WATCH: Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro is the straw that stirs the Sounders drink, moving around the field looking to create. Peruvian Raul Ruidiaz is the danger man up front. "He's really relentless in the way he plays off the ball and it's really a joy to watch," said Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan. Former TFC 'keeper Stefan Frei broke Toronto hearts in 2016 with a highlight-reel save off Altidore in the championship game.

TFC stun reigning champion Atlanta to reach MLS Cup final again

  TFC stun reigning champion Atlanta to reach MLS Cup final again The 2019 MLS Cup final will have a familiar feel to it. For the third time in four seasons, Toronto FC will meet the Seattle Sounders in the showpiece contest after the Canadian side upset reigning champions Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday. A stunning strike from substitute Nick DeLeon in the 78th minute gave the Reds a 2-1 win, setting up a rubber match with the Sounders on Nov. 10. NICK DELEON ARE YOU SERIOUS#ATLvTOR // Audi #MLSCupPlayoffspic.twitter.com/mLVuph2wPW— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2019The gorgeous goal capped an impressive turnaround.

2016 MLS Cup Final – Seattle Sounders 0 (5), Toronto FC 0 (4). A year after their first playoff appearance in franchise history ended with If you were looking for a high-octane, thrilling affair, the 2016 MLS Cup might not have come through, but that doesn’t mean the game wasn’t without its drama.

Toronto FC are looking to win their first MLS Cup against last year’ s winners, the Seattle Sounders. “My biggest question going into this match , what will Dempsey, Bradley and Hello and welcome to the 2017 MLS Cup final between heavy favourites Toronto FC and defending champions

TFC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo figures to play farther forward again in Altidore's likely continued absence. Watch his movement, as he drags defenders away from where they want to be while opening up space for teammates. Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg has come up big this season, making big saves including penalties. His ball distribution is among the best in the league among 'keepers. Midfielder Nick DeLeon and fullback Richie Laryea have been Toronto's super-subs in the playoffs.

MILESTONES: Sunday will mark captain Michael Bradley's 200th game in all competitions for Toronto. TFC coach Greg Vanney is sitting on 99 wins in all competitions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2019.

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