Who’s playing

In a three-peat the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC face each other in the 2019 MLS Cup Final after tangling in the 2016 and 2017 finals.

Three years ago, the Sounders beat TFC after a penalty kick decider at BMO Field in Toronto. A year later, Toronto won 2-0, again at BMO Field.

This is only the second time that the same two teams have played each other three times in the final. The LA Galaxy beat the New England Revolution in the 2002, 2005, and 2014.

Allen Chapman will be the official in charge.

When and where

The game will be played on Sunday, November 10 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle with a 3:00 PM (ET) kickoff. If the game is tied after regulation time of 90 minutes the two teams play two 15-minute periods of extra time. If still tied after 120 minutes the final will be decided by a penalty kick shootout of 5 kicks each. If still tied it goes to sudden death penalties.

It’s worth noting that this year’s final will be earliest since 2002. The last seven finals have all taken place in December.

Route to the Final

Toronto FC finished 4th in the Eastern Conference with 50 points after going unbeaten for 10 games – a run dating back to August 3.

A 5-1 win over DC United in the first round of the playoffs may look like it was achieved at a canter but it took 4 goals in a 12-minute spell in extra time by TFC to kill-off the visitors.

A last minute penalty was the difference away to New York City FC in a 2-1 win and the score line was identical in in the conference final against Atlanta United, again away from home.

The Seattle Sounders finished as runners-up in the Western Conference with 56 points.