Who’s ready for Round 3?
MLS Cup 2019 is being called the “rubber match” because it’s the third time in four years that the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have faced off in Major League Soccer’s championship game. Seattle claimed the first meeting via a penalty shootout in 2016, while TFC raised the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy a year later. Neither club progressed to the final in 2018 (Toronto didn’t even make the playoffs), but both are back to contest for the Cup once again this year.
This time the scene shifts to the state of Washington after the previous two versions of this match-up were held at TFC’s BMO Field. CenturyLink Field now steps up as the host venue, and 70,000 fans are expected as the Sounders head into Sunday’s match as the odds-on favorites.
Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer will be wise to not count out the visitors, who hit the road to knock off the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the Eastern Conference, to get to this stage.
Whichever team wins will add a second star to its jerseys. It should be a fun afternoon in the Pacific Northwest.
Sporting News will be tracking all the goals, big plays and highlights. Follow along below.
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: Live score, updates, highlights from MLS Cup 2019
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:08 p.m. ET. Refresh your browser for latest updates.
2:11 p.m. ET – The lineups are out. Seatlle makes one change with Torres stepping in for Arreaga, while Toronto puts Gonzalez into the lineup in place of Ciman. The biggest news is that Jozy Altidore is on the bench for TFC.
2:16 p.m. ET – As is tradition, other teams from each city are sending their support ahead of kickoff. Firstly, the well-wishes from Seattle:
2:19 p.m. ET – And words of support from Toronto teams:
2:29 p.m. ET – It’s a landmark match for Toronto captain Michael Bradley, who starts his 200th game for the club (his first was also at CenturyLink Field). Interestingly, his contract ends after this season, and if TFC wins today he’ll reportedly see an option year automatically kick in that will pay him $6.5 million in 2020. Needless to say, Bradley will be doubly motivated today.
-163 regular season
-11 Canadian Championship
199 starts. 172 games as captain. 7 cup finals. 3 MLS Cup finals. pic.twitter.com/sBpjuId5v9
— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) November 10, 2019
2:42 p.m. ET – Seattle is hyped up.
Mood from the start of the march. It’s hard to describe how surreal it is to me that this is normal now. American and Canadian soccer still have a long way to go, but the game has come so far over the last 10+ years. Today is going to be awesome. pic.twitter.com/YFtIkYTGvP
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) November 10, 2019