17th minute, 0-0: Seattle’s defense normally isn’t this generous. Toronto easily could be leading, given the number and quality of its chances.
11th minute, 0-0: Stefan Frei makes leaves his line and makes another save, denying Sebastian Giovinco.
Having made one of the greatest saves in MLS Cup history in last season’s final, Frei seems to be up to his old tricks in 2017.
10th minute, 0-0: Stefan Frei saves Jonathan Osorio’s volleyed shot at the far post.
Eighth minute, 0-0: Sebastian Giovinco shoots from the edge of Seattle’s penalty area, but Stefan Frei easily collects his effort.
Seventh minute, 0-0: After a fast start, the game has settled into an apparent rhythm, with Toronto controlling possession but struggling to find seams in Seattle’s stout defense.
Third minute, 0-0: Toronto fires an early warning shot across Seattle’s bow, as Drew Moor heads his shot just over the bar following a corner kick.
Kickoff: MLS Cup 2017 is under way.
Toronto fans unveiled this message to their players following the U.S. and Canada national anthems.
Pregame: The teams and MLS dignitaries are taking the field for the pregame handshakes, and kickoff is just minutes away.
Below is the Alan I. Rothenberg trophy, for which the teams are competing.
Toronto FC Greg Vanney has switched from a three-defender setup to a back four, departing from the system it used for most of the regular season. The Reds are gambling with the formation change, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they changed systems if the game isn’t going well for them.
3:30 p.m.: Here are the starting lineups.
3:15 p.m. ET: We’ll soon learn whether Toronto FC can achieve its big payback.
The Reds will host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BMO Field in MLS Cup 2017, a rematch of last season’s title game, which Seattle won on penalty kicks following a goal-less draw.
Toronto is the slight favorite to win, given its home-field advantage, current form and historic success during the regular season.
Seattle also has winners’ pedigree, rock-solid defense and no intention of missing the chance to become just the fourth back-to-back champion in MLS history.
Seattle vs. Toronto will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from BMO Field, as we’ll bring you sights and sounds from MLS Cup 2017.
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