Seth: Seattle Sounders
Not only are the Sounders playing at home, but they’re coming off a stellar win against LAFC. I’m a big fan of Brian Schmetzer’s modest coaching style and full faith that he’ll have his team well-prepared to lift another MLS Cup. My only hope is that we’ll see some shots on goal.
Jake: Seattle Sounders
This better be the last Seattle-Toronto MLS Cup for a long time. These two teams are just as insufferable as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. I’m tired of these has-beens in Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris—all of which can can’t do anything for the United States—continuing to make finals so we think they’re good or something.
Okay, that first paragraph isn’t serious and I actually think this game is going to be great. In a year where we thought LAFC and Atlanta United were going to run away with MLS Cup again, it’s nice to see the old(er) guard strike back as if we forgot Seattle and Toronto played each other in back to back title games two and three years ago. I also love that MB, Jozy and J-Mo are proving to the rest of the league that a solid core of American talent can win you championships in MLS. Yes, Alejandro Pozuelo (12g/12a) and Raul Ruidiaz (11g/3a) are good too but I do love seeing the two big time America DP’s making the final. I think Seattle takes this one though. Their attack has been so good in the playoffs. My bonus prediction is that Jordan Morris takes home the Playoff MVP award.
Josh: Seattle Sounders
The Sounders have home field advantage for this one which is always a positive. It’s an even bigger positive when you boast a 10-3-4 record at CenturyLink Field. Let’s not forgot that one of those wins was a 3-2 victory over Toronto. I also think the Sounders are looking to make Jordan Morris’ season a perfect one after returning from a dreadful injury that put him on the bench during 2018. On Sunday, the Sounders will hoist another MLS Cup after beating Toronto in the finals for the second time.
Sean: Seattle Sounders
It’s almost hard to pick who’s going to win this matchup because, like many, I thought we were guaranteed an Atlanta vs. LAFC final. Who wasn’t excited by the potential of that match? While I’m not getting the game I hoped for, this is the next best thing. Although the Seattle Sounders were the second-seed in the Western Conference, they were still seen as underdogs to LAFC, as was Toronto FC against Atlanta, making both teams even hungrier to lift the MLS Cup.
With that being said, I think it’s the Sounders’ turn to win the MLS Cup over Toronto. It could easily go both ways, but the Sounders coming off a 3-1 win away to LAFC is incredibly impressive. Obviously Toronto managed an impressive away win in Atlanta, but the Sounders have more returning players, in addition to Raul Ruidiaz playing in his first final and I predict him to be the difference maker in this game. 3-2 Sounders.
Matt: Toronto FC
While these are probably two of the last teams I wanted to see reach the final, I especially hate to see Seattle in there - If for no reason other than the fact that I think Starbucks coffee is overrated and overpriced (Starbucks and Seattle are synonymous in my mind). For that reason, I’ll throw my support behind the underdogs from Toronto in this one (Tim Horton’s is overrated too, so I’m really looking forward to next season when the Revs make the cup and I can talk about Dunkin Donuts in my prediction). Both teams are coming off of upset victories, but Toronto knocked off the two top teams in the East, and you have to root for the team who knocked out Atlanta after that painful Rd 1 exit that they handed to the Revs. Plus I was a Bradley and Altidore fan before I even followed MLS, so I wouldn’t hate to see them hoist the hardware.
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