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FULLTIME: The Sounders won their second MLS Cup in four years, dispatching Toronto FC 3-1 on Sunday. The Sounders got goals from Kelvin Leerdam, Victor Rodriguez and Raúl Ruidíaz before conceding a late consolation goal to Jozy Altidore.

SOUNDERS 3, TORONTO FC 0: Raúl Ruidíaz put the capper on the match, chasing down a Gustav Svensson pass and easily beating Quentin Westberg.

SOUNDERS 2, TORONTO FC 0: Victor Rodriguez gave the Sounders a 2-0 lead, bending in a shot from the top of the penalty area after Gustav Svensson set up the chance with a well-timed tackle.

SOUNDERS 1, TORONTO FC 0: TFC started the second half strong, but it was the Sounders who struck first. Kelvin Leerdam was initially credited with the goal, although it will likely be changed to an own-goal after Justin Morrow deflected the attempt. The goal ended a 267-minute MLS Cup scoreless streak for Sounders.

HALFTIME: Stefan Frei was forced into one borderline spectacular save and the Seattle Sounders had two quality looks of their own, but the two teams went into halftime of MLS Cup tied 0-0.

TFC held about 65 percent of possession, but the Sounders had the 8-6 shots advantage and the much higher xG. Raúl Ruidíaz’s chance just before halftime was worth .45 xG all by itself.

LINEUPS: The Sounders will make one change from their Western Conference Final lineup as Roman Torres replaces Xavier Arreaga at center back. This is the same lineup as the team fielded in their earlier playoff matchups against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.

Unlike in their last MLS Cup, Toronto FC will field a mostly-expected lineup with only one change from their last match. Omar Gonzalez replaces Laurent Ciman at center back.

For the third time in four years, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC will play for MLS’s biggest prize, MLS Cup. After playing in Toronto the first two times, the Sounders get to host this match. Both teams knocked off favorites in the conference finals to make it here.

Seattle knocked off “the best MLS team in history” in LAFC and Toronto knocked off New York City FC and Atlanta United.

This will be the 17th all-time meeting between these two. Seattle holds an 10-4-2 all-time mark in the series, which includes their 2016 MLS Cup win in penalties at BMO Field. Earlier this season, Toronto came to town and lost 3-2 on April 13.

We’re so excited we decided to open this thread three hours before kickoff.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle: Bruin (out, ACL)

Toronto FC: Altidore (questionable, squad)


Referee: Allen Chapman

AR1: Brian Dunn

AR2: Corey Rockwell

4TH: Rubiel Vazquez

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

AVAR: Cameron Blanchard

RAR: Brian Poeschel

Keys to the Game

  • No room to breathe: TFC has advanced mainly through survival and keeping it close as long possible. An early goal would be a huge relief and put TFC on the back foot.
  • Feed the crowd: The Sounders have historically been nearly unbeatable as crowds get bigger. Give them something to cheer, getting the energy going and never look back.
  • Don’t over-commit: As tempting as it will be to throw numbers forward, the Sounders don’t need to. Let Nico, Raul and Jordan do their thing early on and make sure no one’s sneaking in behind.
  • Be ready for a wrinkle: Greg Vanney loves throwing his opponents a curveball, whether that’s adding a defender or doing something unexpected. Who knows what it will be, but know that whatever it is, the Sounders have all the built-in advantages.

How to Watch

Match date/time: Sunday, Nov. 10 @ 12:08 PM

Venue: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA

Pregame: Q13 at 11 a.m. (Ludtka, Levine, Evans)

Postgame: Q13 (Ludtka, Levine, Zakuani)

Online Streaming: YouTube TV, Fubo TV (affiliate link)

Local English TV: ABC (Champion, Twellman)

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)

Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)

Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle

International TV: check LiveSoccerTV


Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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