The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have been down this road before. The teams will meet Saturday in Toronto at BMO Field in MLS Cup 2017, a rematch of the 2016 title game, which Seattle won on penalty kicks, following a 0-0 draw.
They’ll face off again under similar circumstances, with the soccer world keen to see which side will claim the most prestigious trophy in U.S. club soccer.
Having already won the Canadian Championship, Supporters Shield and set the record for most regular-season points, Toronto are vying to set a new standard in MLS by becoming the first team to win three major domestic trophies in the same year.
Seattle will hope to become just the fourth team to win back-to-back MLS Cups, joining D.C. United (in 1996-97), the Houston Dynamo (2006-07) and LA Galaxy (2011-12) among the elite groups in MLS history.
The weather conditions likely will factor into the outcome, with freezing temperatures and some precipitation expected.
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Toronto striker Jozy Altidore is nursing an ankle injury but he’ll play through pain and start for Toronto.
Seattle welcome Román Torres back from suspension, and the Panamanian centre-back is expected to start.
However, the Sounders will be without captain and midfield linchpin Osvaldo Alonso, who has been ruled out of MLS Cup due to a quadriceps injury. Gustav Svensson likely will fill the void Alonso’s absence creates.
How to watch live:
When: Saturday, December 9 at 9pm GMT
Live Stream: WatchESPN