The soccer news starts with a new MLS Cup champion. Toronto FC took the title and made it about a team coming together to makeup for almost getting there the year before. 2016 loomed large for Toronto throughout 2017. They knew what that felt like, and not revisiting that disappointment became the driving push behind their 2017 success. Unfortunately for the rest of MLS, there's no other team in . . .
Toronto FC won the 2017 MLS Cup on Saturday, beating the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at BMO Field. Once again, Jozy Altidore made the difference for Toronto, scoring in the 67th minute. Victor Vazquez doubled the lead four minutes into stoppage time. Alex Bono made two saves to keep the clean sheet. Altidore won the MLS Cup MVP award. "Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days, not . . .
It's the MLS Cup final on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders on ESPN for the second year in a row. The 2017 Liga MX Apertura season concludes over the weekend with the second-leg of the final series. Also on the schedule is the Manchester and Liverpool derbies in the Premier League and the Derby d'Italia with Inter Milan hosting Juventus. There's also the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been quite the week inside the MLS bubble. The stories around the final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are clear and numerous in the lead-up to an MLS Cup rematch. We'll start with Toronto. Can they cap off a historic campaign? The home team has already set a new mark for regular season success. With a title that . . .
We're a day away from the conclusion of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto FC hosts the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Saturday (4pm ET - ESPN) with the story lines firmly in place. That might not mean much when the game gets underway. Last season's final turned into a grind with both teams unwilling to risk much in pursuit of a goal. This time, there is pressure on both teams to show that . . .
With the countdown on for Saturday's 2017 MLS Cup final, the two teams did the media rounds on Tuesday. There were no surprises, expected considering there's a championship on the line. Since this is a rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup final, there's not a lot of mystery left between the two teams. The Seattle Sounders have the squad with the biggest addition, but a healthy Clint Dempsey is a well known . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - We all know the Seattle soccer success story. As the vanguard of the Pacific Northwest MLS expansion movement, the Seattle Sounders are the team that draws the biggest crowds. Portland might want to argue that they've got the best atmosphere in Major League Soccer, but Seattle has the stadium capacity. The Sounders established a model that allowed . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - Soccer fans and analysts often engage in a dour sort of ageist arithmetic about players. The ones in their mid-to-late 20s are deemed “in their prime.” Those on the north side of 30 tend to not get the same respect. Anyone under age 20 or so is inherently more valuable because of their upside in the years ahead. These . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - While the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC prepare for a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final, the business of trying to make sure the pair don’t play each other again for the Philip J. Anschutz Trophy in 2018 continues across the rest of the league. One of the many lessons from Toronto vs Seattle two years in a row is that the other . . .
Seattle advanced on Thursday, setting up the MLS Cup rematch that looked like a foregone conclusion as the MLS playoffs developed. There's no argument against the Seattle Sounders as the best team in the West. Toronto's run to host their second-consecutive MLS Cup only looked questionable on the scoreboard. Their 1-0 aggregate win over Toronto doesn't tell the story of how they controlled the away . . .