December 8th, 2017
One year ago at BMO Field in Toronto, the Seattle Sounders beat Toronto 5-4 on penalties to win the MLS Cup, after playing to a scoreless draw. The same two teams will meet again this Saturday at BMO Field, beginning at 4 PM ET on ESPN; Toronto FC are –125 favorites at press time, with the Sounders at +345 and the draw in regulation at +245.
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Both sides are considerably stronger than they were last year. Toronto FC (20 wins, nine draws and five losses) were easily the best team in Major League Soccer during the regular season, while Seattle (14W, 11D, 9L) finished second in the Western Conference, tied with the Portland Timbers at 53 points. The Sounders swept the Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo to reach the MLS Cup final, while Toronto had a bit more trouble getting past the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC in the East.
Toronto FC supporters are waiting with bated breath to see if striker Jozy Altidore will recover in time for Saturday’s game after aggravating a right ankle injury during the second leg of their series against Columbus. The Sounders, meanwhile, are relatively healthy going into this contest.
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