Toronto FC will be looking to complete the perfect season when it takes on the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.
This is a rematch of the 2016 final, which Seattle won in a shootout despite not registering a single shot on target over 120 minutes at BMO Field.
Toronto has roared back this year, though, winning every trophy on offer and setting a league record for regular-season points on its way back to the championship game.
|Game||Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders|
|Date||Saturday, December 9|
|Time||4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
The live sports streaming service can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Bono, Irwin, Pais|
|Defenders||Alseth, Beitashour, Hagglund, Hernandez, Mavinga, Moor, Morgan, Morrow, Zavaleta|
|Midfielders||Bradley, Camargo, Chapman, Cheyrou, Cooper, Delgado, Edwards, Endoh, Hasler, Osorio, Vazquez|
|Forwards||Altidore, Giovinco, Hamilton, Ricketts, Spencer|
Jozy Altidore suffered an ankle injury in the second leg of the conference final but has insisted he will play through the pain if necessary.
Otherwise, Greg Vanney has a fully healthy squad to choose from.
Potential starting XI: Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga; Beitashour, Delgado, Bradley, Vazquez, Morrow; Altidore, Giovinco.
|Goalkeepers||Frei, Meredith, Miller|
|Defenders||Alfaro, Fisher, Jones, Leerdam, Marshall, Nouhou, Torres|
|Midfielders||Alonso, Delem, Kovar, Lodeiro, Mallace, Mathers, Neagle, Rodriguez, Roldan, Shipp, Wingo|
|Forwards||Adekoya, Bruin, Dempsey, Morris|
Seattle will be without Brad Evans, who has a back injury.
Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris are fighting to shake off quad and hamstring problems, respectively, but although they are unlikely to start, they should make Brian Schmetzer’s 18-man squad.
Potential starting XI: Frei; Leerdam, Torres, Marshall, Jones; Roldan, Svensson; Rodriguez, Dempsey, Lodeiro; Bruin.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Toronto is a 4/9 favorite to win, according to William Hill, with Seattle priced at 13/8.
Can the Seattle Sounders upset the odds again?
Toronto FC was on fire going into last year’s MLS Cup final only to have its every attempt on goal thwarted by Stefai Frei and the Sounders, who triumphed in a shootout.
This year, Seattle returns to Canada as the underdog once again, but surprisingly, it is Brian Schmetzer’s team that has looked the hotter of the two in the playoffs so far.
The Sounders are yet to concede a playoff goal and swept aside the Houston Dynamo in the conference final, with Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin on top form.
TFC, on the other hand, beat the Columbus Crew by a single goal over two legs having come through its conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls on away goals.
That has left many wondering if it is not the Sounders who have the momentum behind them coming into this rematch at BMO Field.
The Reds, however, believe that their tougher run back to the final has them battle-tested and ready to win by whatever means necessary having been stopped in their tracks by Seattle 12 months ago.