The 2017 MLS Cup is here. This Saturday, Toronto FC welcomes the Seattle Sounders to Canada for the final, which is a rematch of last year's MLS Cup. The 2016 edition was won by Seattle on penalty kicks, but Toronto gets its shot at revenge after producing a spectacular regular season.
Seattle got the better of Toronto in last year’s final. The Sounders completed their incredible run to the 2016 playoffs with a memorable win at BMO, outlasting TFC in a penalty kick shootout despite failing to register a single shot on goal in regulation or extra time to lift their first MLS Cup.
For the past two seasons, Toronto and Seattle have been the league’s best two sides. So it makes sense that both have made back-to-back MLS Cup Finals. For Seattle, it’s about defending their cup. For Toronto, it’s about revenge.
Toronto have had one of, if not the greatest, MLS seasons ever. They convincingly ran away with the Supporters’ Shield. They won the Canadian Championship. Now they just need to go one better than they did last year to become the first side to win a treble, which would surely guarantee the Toronto 2017 team’s status as ‘the greatest MLS side ever’.
They’ve not had an easy playoff route to this year’s showpiece event though. They narrowly edged past the Red Bulls on the away goals rule before beating Columbus 1-0 on aggregate after a nervy two-legged Eastern Conference Final.
The Seattle Sounders didn’t have the most impressive of regular season campaigns but did come good when it mattered most once again: Down the stretch. They’ve kept momentum going – just as they did last year – and have been exceptional in the playoffs.
A 2-0 aggregate win over Vancouver was followed up by a 5-0 aggregate win over Houston to claim the Western Conference Championship for the second successive year. They have added well to the squad that won last year’s final. The likes of Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez will be looking to continue their impressive form in Saturday’s showdown.
Seattle Sounders have only won one of their last six trips away as well, and have failed to score in four of those. Defensively they are relatively good though, which has resulted in a fair few low scoring games. In fact, each of their last six trips away have seen fewer than three goals, whilst Toronto have seen fewer than three scored in their last three home games. This makes an Under 2.5 Goals bet look good value for money, so we’re going for that along with a 1-0 win for Toronto FC.
Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders News
Toronto FC’s only injury concern ahead of Saturday’s final is Jozy Altidore. The striker was hurt in the second-half of the Conference Final win over Columbus but fought on to score the decisive goal. He won’t let an ankle problem keep him out of a game like this either.
Seattle Sounders will definitely be without Brad Evans as the defender is still sidelined with that back problem. Osvaldo Alonso has also been ruled out just a couple of days before the final in what is a blow for the defending champions. However, they’ve coped well without him over the past three months and will hope to continue.
Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions
Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders Betting Odds
|Toronto FC||-½ (-125)||-125||2½ (+120)o|
|Seattle Sounders||+½ (+105)||+350||2½ (-150)u|
Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Toronto FC 2-1 Seattle Sounders
Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report
|4:00 PM ET||W||L||T||W%||L%||T%||G||GF||GA||DG|
|Roman Torres||D||Questionable - Suspension - 12/1/17|
|Osvaldo Alonso||M||Out - Quadricep - 11/20/17|
|Brad Evans||S||Out - Back - 8/15/17|
|Jozy Altidore||S||Probable - Ankle - 12/7/17|
Seattle: Last 10 Matches
|9/23/17||Real Salt Lake||2:0||Seattle||113/251/270|
Toronto FC: Last 10 Matches
|11/5/17||Toronto FC||0:1||NY Red Bulls||-157/419/341|
|10/30/17||NY Red Bulls||1:2||Toronto FC||149/186/265|
|10/22/17||Atlanta United FC||2:2||Toronto FC||107/253/287|
|9/30/17||Toronto FC||4:2||NY Red Bulls||-148/426/320|
|9/23/17||New England||2:1||Toronto FC||133/214/260|
|9/16/17||LA Galaxy||0:4||Toronto FC||188/143/274|