MLS Cup Final 2016: Toronto vs. Seattle, Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2016

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 30:  Michael Bradley #4 of Toronto FC and teammates celebrate with the Eastern Conference Trophy following victory in the MLS Eastern Conference Final, Leg 2 game against Montreal Impact at BMO Field on November 30, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC will meet on Saturday at BMO Field in the 2016 MLS Cup final, as one of the two teams will win its first-ever MLS title.

Sounders have come close in the past, winning the Supporters' Shield in 2014, but they face a difficult challenge in Canada, where Toronto have been exceptionally strong all season.

Led by the prolific Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto scored a combined 14 goals in the conference semi-finals and finals, sending a clear warning sign to Sounders.

Here's everything you need to know about this year's MLS Cup Final.


Date: Saturday, December 10

Time: 8 p.m. ET/1 a.m. GMT (Sunday)

Venue: BMO Field, Toronto

TV Info: Fox Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: Sky Go, Fox Soccer 2Go



Toronto and Seattle have qualified for the MLS Cup final the long way around, finishing the regular season in third and fourth place, respectively. The hosts cruised past Philadelphia Union and New York City FC before beating Montreal Impact in an all-Canadian Eastern Conference final that saw 12 goals in total.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22: Tyrone Mears #4, left, of the Seattle Sounders, Nelson Valdez #16, center, of the Seattle Sounders celebrate goal scored on a penalty kick by Nicolas Lodeiro #10, right, of the Seattle Sounders during the second half of a match
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Per Arch Bell of ESPN FC, the city is anxious to win a major trophy after coming close in other sports the last few years:

It has been 23 years and six weeks since Joe Carter deposited Mitch Williams' two-ball, two-strike pitch over the left field fence of the Toronto Skydome to clinch the Toronto Blue Jays' second consecutive Major League Baseball World Series championship. Since 1993, Canada's most populated city has endured a title drought from all four of its major North American sports teams: baseball's Blue Jays, basketball's Raptors, hockey's Maple Leafs and soccer's Toronto FC.

Led by Giovinco, the former Juventus man who has taken MLS by storm since moving across the Atlantic, Toronto play a spectacular, entertaining brand of football that has won the team plenty of fans the last two years.

Jozy Altidore and Giovinco form one of the most prolific scoring duos MLS has ever seen―per Kurtis Larson of the Toronto Sun, the numbers are staggering:

Kurtis W. Larson @KurtLarSUN

To put the last two seasons into perspective, Altidore-Giovinco combination has produced 71 goals, 44 assists in MLS competition since 2015.

Sounders are no slouches, either, but they've qualified for the MLS Cup final on the back of solid midfield play and an excellent organisation rather than raw scoring potential.

The visitors survived a spirited challenge from Sporting Kansas City in the first round of the play-offs before gathering steam, comfortably dispatching FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids.

Nicolas Lodeiro is Seattle's big star, playing as the team's main conductor in midfield. The MLS official Twitter account shared some of his highlights:

Major League Soccer @MLS

What an impact this guy has had. The best of Nicolas Lodeiro in MLS (so far) ⬇️ https://t.co/VnyK2roA7P

Historically, Seattle have held the edge over Toronto, losing just two and winning eight of the last 12 meetings between the two clubs.

Home advantage will be huge for Toronto, however, especially if the temperatures drop. The hosts have been the more consistent team throughout the season, and combined with their star power and excellent form, they should be able to finish the job against a talented Sounders squad.

Final prediction: Toronto 2-1 Seattle


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