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2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

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The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final.

On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

Sounders admit not playing best soccer, look for motivation from MLS Cup loss

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TORONTO You couldn't help but notice the similarities between the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cups in the first half of Saturday's contest at BMO Field.

However, what followed was the continuation of an onslaught that never stopped, and eventually broke down the brick wall that Stefan Frei erected in front of the Seattle goal for 66 minutes.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

16 pieces of MLS Cup trivia to impress your watch party

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Seattle isn't the first to enter MLS Cup on a playoff long shutout streak but they have the longest.

Seattle has had one impressive playoff run. After drawing 0-0 in the first leg against Vancouver, the Seattle Sounders scored multiple goals in every game. Not only has the Sounders offense been clicking but the defense has produced not allowed a single goal this postseason, just the third time a team has gotten to MLS cup on a shutout streak.

Decades of Dominance: The Movement in Seattle

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Or, how children's birthday parties helped build a soccer legacy in the Northwest.

The Movement, now in its second season on MLSsoccer.com, is a video series that explores the growing soccer movement in North America, focusing much of its attention on the sense of community found around supporter groups and passionate fan bases throughout the league.

Clint Dempsey on decision to return to MLS: “I wouldn’t change a thing”

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Dempsey makes it clear he still feels as though there's work left to do, though.

Most Seattle Sounders fans would probably agree that Clint Dempsey's decision to return to MLS worked out pretty well. When healthy and available, he's produced at a solid clip and the team experienced some of its best seasons while he was here.

What if Seattle gets a hockey team?

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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.

Seattle Sounders win the Western Conference

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The Seattle Sounders advanced to the 2017 MLS Cup with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, taking the Western Conference final 5-0 on aggregate. Leading 2-0 from the first-leg, Victor Rodriguez opened the scoring at CenturyLink Field in the 22nd minute. Clint Dempsey added a goal in the 57th. Houston's Tomas Martinez saw red for violent conduct in the 66th minute.

Toronto FC

MLS Cup 2017: A Look Back

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The MLS season is officially over following Saturday's MLS Cup as Toronto FC solidified its place among the league's best ever teams.

Toronto FC completed a historic treble over the weekend by knockout off the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at BMO Field. The win saw TFC earn the club's first MLS Cup while also locking down a treble that includes a Canadian Championship and a Supporters Shield.

Toronto’s trophy and the challenge for the rest of MLS

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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.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

5 things we learned from MLS Cup 2017

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Here are the five things we learned from MLS Cup 2017.

1. Toronto Claims Its Place in History

It hadn’t been the easiest of journeys through the playoffs for Toronto FC, but on Saturday evening at BMO Field, they left no doubt as to their place as one of the best MLS team ever assembled.

Sounders squander epic Stefan Frei performance

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TORONTO For one of the few times in their nine-year playoff history, the Seattle Sounders were outworked, outplayed, and simply outclassed on Saturday afternoon.

Oh, and outscored.

The history books will show they suffered a 2-0 loss in the 2017 MLS Cup to host Toronto FC at a raucous BMO Field (once again packed and surging after so many lean years).

2017 MLS Cup: Toronto FC 2 – Seattle Sounders 0

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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.

Goals from Altidore, Vazquez push Toronto FC past Sounders to win first MLS Cup

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From the moment Toronto FC stepped off the field following the 2016 MLS Cup final, the focus has been on redemption. They got it on Saturday while sealing a place among the best teams in MLS history by claiming the club's first MLS Cup and winning a historic treble.

Jozy Altidore fired the opening goal before Victor Vazquez added another in stoppage time to cap off a historic 2017 with a 2-0 MLS Cup victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BMO Field.

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch MLS Cup online

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The last game of the MLS season is a repeat of 2016's final. Let's hope for more goals this time.

At long last, the 2017 MLS Cup final is upon us, with Toronto FC hosting the Seattle Sounders in a rematch of last year's final. Same teams, same venue, but hopefully not the same game. In 2016, TFC smothered the Sounders, holding them without a shot on goal for 120 minutes only to be unable to solve Stefan Frei.

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Full coverage

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It's a rematch of Seattle's first ever MLS Cup victory. Watch on ESPN, UniMás, TSN, TVAS, or MLS LIVE at 1 PM PT on December 9, 2016.

The 2017 MLS Cup Final is a rematch of the 2016 contest that Seattle Sounders won, but the two teams are different. Toronto FC set the record for points earned by an MLS team with 69.

Soccer TV: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

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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.

Veterans Drew Moor, Chad Marshall bring perspective to MLS Cup

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TORONTO When Chad Marshall played in his first MLS Cup, he was one of three goal-scorers for the Columbus Crew along with Alejandro Moreno and Frankie Hejduk.

When Drew Moor made his MLS Cup debut in 2010, he earned a championship medal thanks to a George John own goal in extra time.

In both instances, the Marshall and Moor played against teams from their own conferences.

The MLS Cup still has plenty to prove

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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.

After 2016 heartbreak, Justin Morrow thankful for second chance at MLS Cup

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Justin Morrow's big moment in the 2016 MLS Cup went horribly wrong. As all eyes were fixed on him in the sixth round of penalty kicks, Morrow looked up, fired, and watched his shot clang off the crossbar. Less than a minute later, Roman Torres stepped up and Seattle Sounders were MLS Cup champions.

With history on the horizon, TFC, Sounders collide yet again in MLS Cup

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It's not easy to make it to an MLS Cup. There are so many pitfalls along the way in a league defined by parity and the unexpected. In truth, the best teams rarely survive a viciously long playoff cycle that follows a rugged regular season campaign. It's just the way things are.

The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have made it to MLS Cup twice in a row now, finalizing a championship rematch between two of the league's marquee clubs.

Waiting on Toronto vs Seattle

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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.

TFC confident in attacking group against in-form Sounders defense

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Throughout the postseason, the Seattle Sounders have been essentially perfect on the defensive side of the ball. The Sounders defense has allowed zero goals through four playoff games en route to a second-straight MLS Cup appearance.

Toronto FC knows the challenge well. They faced it last year and fell short in a scoreless MLS Cup.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/7/17

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Interview with Ernie Stewart, MLS news, and more in the links.

Philadelphia Union News

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The Philadelphia sporting director and ex-USMNT international dishes on scoring that fateful goal in 1994, the USMNT missing the 2018 World Cup and more.

Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Cup Final: Three Questions

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Better defenses, better attacks, and two teams trying for history.

Remembering the Seattle Sounders win over Toronto FC in 2016 to take MLS Cup is fun, but it is poor preparation for MLS Cup 2017. Both teams are changed, in some ways obvious and others that only those who follow the teams intently may notice.

Is there an edge in the MLS Cup final?

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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.

A Tale of Too Hype

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It was the best of times, it was the time to GET HYPE!

Once again, for the 22nd year in a row, the MLS Cup Final is upon us. Though, in a recent turn of events, this iteration of the finals showcases something never before seen: the Seattle Sounders returning to the final as defending MLS Champions.

Seattle vs Houston gave us a lesson on soccer players and aging

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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.

Sounders finally hitting stride as MLS Cup looms

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SEATTLE The defending champion Seattle Sounders did not storm out of the gate in 2017.

Not like Toronto FC did.

"We had some dark days," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer after Thursday night's 3-0 (5-0 aggregate) romp over the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference finals of the MLS playoffs.

New coaches in MLS

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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.

MLS Cup rematch and the league’s Best XI

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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.

MLS Cup

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/17

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Weekend links on MLS Cup weekend.

Philadelphia Union News

Assessing Philadelphia Union's inconsistent 2017 campaign
The Philadelphia Union had an inconsistent 2017. There were many problems; the players, coaches and front office failed. Here's PSN's assessment.

Jordan Morris happy to be ready for MLS Cup after "frustrating" injury layoff

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TORONTO Jordan Morris has been faced with one of the biggest challenges a young player could face over the last three months.

Thanks to the experience around him in the Seattle Sounders' locker room, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has been able to recover from his hamstring injury with patience to be available for Saturday's MLS Cup against Toronto FC.

Brian Schmetzer leads Sounders towards history, second MLS Cup

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TORONTO Roughly 18 months ago, Brian Schmetzer was all but anonymous outside of Seattle. His playing and coaching career had largely kept him Washington-based and, after managing the USL version of the Seattle Sounders, Schmetzer became one of Sigi Schmid's top assistants with the MLS club. He wasn't pegged as an up-and-coming head coach or a top coaching prospect.

Sounders sense history coming, but they're focusing on Saturday's final

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The Seattle Sounders have a chance to do something few MLS clubs have been able to accomplish. They can become the fourth back-to-back MLS Cup champions with a win over Toronto FC on Saturday evening, joining D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, and the LA Galaxy as the only teams to accomplish that feat.

The Rest

News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.

TFC wins, D.C. United deals & more: Freedom Kicks for 12/11/17

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Also, I'd pay a premium for a Paul Thomas Anderson Star Wars movie.

Well it was great to see Army beat Navy to claim their first Commander in Chief trophy in more than two decades in what was the only thing going on on sports Saturday.

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders to claim their 1st MLS Cup from SB Nation proper, Waking the Red, Sounder at Heart, WaPo, ESPN (with more here, here, here, here and here), Four Four Two (with more here), Goal, Sports Illustrated and MLS (with more here, here, here, here and here).

Legendary Seattle mountaineer back to help finish what we started 9 months ago

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Jim Whittaker reminds us "The Summit Awaits."

Back in March, the Seattle Sounders put out a hype video previewing the season. It was narrated by legendary Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker in which he spoke about how reaching the summit only serves to increase your desire to do it again. Any sentient being should get chills watching it.