Toronto FC at the forefront of Canada’s soccer surge

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Toronto FC at the forefront of Canada’s soccer surge

Written by Darren Moore
November 10, 2019
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Canadian soccer is very much on an upwards trajectory at present, with the first ever Canadian Premier League season proving a great success, the national team recently beating the USA for the first time in nearly 30 years and young players such as Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David providing great hope for the future.

Then there’s the small matter of Toronto FC. On Sunday, the Reds will be appearing in their third MLS Cup Final (all against the Seattle Sounders) in four years. Familiarity certainly hasn’t lessened the interest though as the sold-out 2019 MLS Cup is the hottest ticket in recent MLS history.

Record Crowds

A record 69,000-plus crowd will come through the turnstiles on Sunday, with the allocation for Toronto being no more than a couple of thousand. General third-party ticket prices are an issue as it’s already sold-out, with resale tickets as high as $562 apiece several days prior to the game!

Sunday’s final will be played in Seattle at CenturyLink Field, but Toronto FC’s improbable road to the MLS Cup Final this season has seen them defy the betting odds on several occasions already.

Head To Heads

The Toronto FC head-to-head record against Seattle isn’t great, with the Reds having won four games, three ending as draws and the Sounders coming out on top on nine occasions. However, when they last met in an MLS Cup Final in 2017, it was Toronto that won 2-0 (albeit at the Toronto FC stadium).

Toronto FC results in the play-offs to date have included a 5-1 win at home to DC United in which they scored four goals in extra-time and consecutive 2-1 wins on the road at the much-fancied New York City FC and Atlanta United.

Team News

There are a couple of major injury concerns on the Toronto FC roster, with defender Omar Gonzalez and

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attacker Jozy Altidore yet to feature in the entire postseason. Altidore has 

come close to ruling himself out of the final already.

The absence of Gonzalez and Altidore would be a blow, but this Toronto FC team has battled adversity to reach the final and they’re capable of beating the odds to do so again.

Latest Betting Odds

The Match Result betting lines sees Toronto available at odds of +300 (4.00) to win the game in 90-minutes with bet365, while you can also back them to win the trophy (whether in regulation time, extra-time or penalties) at +163 (2.62) also with bet365

The Reds’ key player Alejandro Pozuelo (has 14 goals and nine assists so far this season) is +269 (3.69) with Sports Interaction in the Anytime Goalscorer betting market and you can back a 2-1 win for Toronto at +1200 (13.0) with bet365.

Betting Odds - Winner

Live Streaming 

For those fans of the Reds unable to get Toronto FC tickets to see the game in Seattle, there are alternatives. So, where to watch MLS Cup Final in Canada? Well, there will be Toronto FC live stream and TV available in Canada via TSN GO, TVA Sports, TSN4 and MLS Live.