The MLS season is drawing to a close but there is still one game left to be played – the most important one. Toronto FC is set to host the Seattle Sounders at BMO Field on Saturday to find out who will raise the MLS Cup.
Neither team has ever won the coveted trophy and if Toronto brings it home, they will become the first Canadian team to win since the MLS was founded in 1996.
At the time of writing, Toronto FC was the minus money favorite with the Sounders coming back at +270 at online shop [custom:bodog-link]. Toronto finished five points ahead of the Sounders in the regular season but Seattle was not great on the road, going 4-9-4 in their games played away from their rainy home.
Toronto is on a great run of results right now with their only loss in their last seven matches coming against the Impact on Montreal’s home turf. Before the playoffs started, Toronto changed its formation to a 3-5-2 and it’s paid absolute dividends. Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco have combined for nine goals and eight assists in Toronto’s five playoff games so far and will be the key factors if a Canadian club is to hoist the trophy for the first time in MLS history.
These teams met just one time this season, in a 1-1 draw in which Altidore did not play. Toronto has actually lost only one game this season that their star American striker scored in, so getting Jozy on the scoresheet is imperative.
If Seattle is going to pull off the upset, they’ll have to be perfect. Toronto’s strikers have been trouble for everyone and if the Sounders open themselves up to the counter too much, they’ll be in deep trouble. If I were to guess, Seattle will probably park the bus and try to drag this game into extra time and possibly penalties.
That said, if Toronto gets through and pots one or two, the Sounders will have to attack and could wind up on the end of an ugly beating like the Reds dealt New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Here are some of the lines for the MLS Cup finale but head over to [custom:bodog-link] for all your MLS betting needs.
|Toronto FC||-105||2.5 (-120) OVER|
|Seattle Sounders||+270||2.5 (-105) UNDER|
Odds as of December 8, 2016 at Bovada