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MLS Cup Final: Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC

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Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC are set for a third MLS Cup final encounter in the past four years of the American football championship.

CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington will host the 2019 MLS Cup Final between Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, scheduled for 21:00 (CET) on Sunday evening.

The sides are going head to head for the ultimate football prize in the United States for the third time in the past four years, both of them looking to become American champions for the second time in history.

Seattle Sounders were victorious back in 2016, defeating Toronto FC on penalties at the BMO Field, but the Canadians got their revenge in the following season with a 2-0 win over the “Rave Green” in the title decider.

The home side booked their place in this year’s MLS Cup final with a 3-1 win at Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference Final, beating the very best team in the league from the regular season.

Toronto, on the other hand, defeated the reigning champions Atlanta United (2-1) in the Eastern Conference Final. They will be looking to complete a fantastic 2019 year for the city, which saw the Raptors bring the NBA Championship in Canada for the first time in history.

Keep an eye on

While the cross-town rivals Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy and Carlos Vela from Los Angeles FC stole the headlines over the regular season, the MLS Cup finals will still see some big football names featuring this evening.

The Sounders have Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro as their number one creator and the main man from the play-off campaign, as well as Peruvian forward Raul Ruidiaz, who scored a brace in the Western Conference Final against LAFC.

Toronto are monitoring the fitness of former Premier League star Jozy Altidore, who is yet to make an appearance in the play-offs.

The 30-year-old striker found the back of the net 11 times in the regular season, one less than Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, who has registered a total of 14 goals and 14 assists in the 2019 MLS campaign.

Stats

Seattle Sounders entered the MLS Cup playoffs as the second-placed team in the Western Conference with a record of 16 wins, 10 draws and eight defeats in the regular season.

Toronto FC finished in fourth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 13 wins, 11 draws and 10 defeats in the regular season.

The Reds both scored and conceded at least one goal in each of their three playoff encounters, clinching their place in the final with a goal record of 9-3.

Seattle’s games in the MLS Cup saw 13 goals – 4-3 win over FC Dallas, 2-0 vs Real Salt Lake and a 3-1 victory at Los Angeles FC in the conference final.

The sides met each other on April 13 most recently, as the Sounders registered a 3-2 win at the CenturyLink Field – the venue of tonight’s final.

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