The rematch has several intriguing storylines and individual battles to watch. Each team has depth in quality, attacks, solid defences and balanced midfields. The outcome of the game will be separated by who takes advantage of the most minuscule of errors.

Goalkeepers Alex Bono (TFC) and Stefan Frei (Seattle) have played a crucial rode for their teams, even more so in the playoffs. Frei is the more experienced of the two and has a slight advantage in agility and a quicker decision maker. Even with that said, Bono is not inferior to Frei, but the advantage does go to Seattle.

Goals will come hard to find in this game as we have two great defenses. The Sounders have not allowed a goal throughout the playoffs and conceded 39 goals in the regular season while TFC gave up a league low 37 goals through the regular season. Seattle had an easy time with Vancouver, who had no attack game, and Houston, who had a man sent off in both games. Toronto, on the other hand, faced two high pressing teams in New York and Columbus. Because of that pressure we feel TFC has the advantage as they will be ready for the intensity.

At midfield it becomes impossible to determine which side has the advantage. Toronto has more depth, but the Sounders have more options at their disposal which could be vital. While the teams are equal, Seattle was dealt a blow when Osvaldo Alonso was ruled out of the game due to an injury. So, who gets the advantage? In our minds it is TFC because of the depth and the numbers they put up this year on the pitch.

Where the teams differ the most is at the forward position. Seattle had scored seven times in their last three post season matches while Toronto has just been able to put three on the board during this year’s playoffs. Even with that said, Toronto has difference makers up front in the likes of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. Altidore has six goals and four assists in nine playoff games dating back to the start of the 2016 playoffs while also adding the winning goal to get his team to this year’s Cup finals. Giovinco is deadly at free-kicks but has not scored from open play in his last six appearances, but he is a player that can snap out of the skid unsuspectingly.

On the other side of the field, Seattle has Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin who have been in all but two of the team’s goals during the playoffs. While TFC has the strikers, who have outscored their counterparts 33-28, the Sounders’ forwards are in superior form. We’ll give this one to Toronto.

There is far much less pressure on the Sounders heading into the championship game, even with them entering as the defending champions. The pressure is on Toronto who set a new league record for points and won the Supporters’ Shield as well as the Voyageurs Cup. It would be a blow to TFC if they could not come away with the MLS Cup. With less pressure on them the advantage goes to Seattle.

With the weather looking to be frigid for the game at BMO Field in Toronto, we would not be surprised to see this game go to penalty kicks to decide the winner, like it did last year. TFC spent part of their preparations this week on the penalty kick so they should be ready if it comes down to it.

This year’s final will be low scoring with the outcome being decided by a single goal, be that in regulation time, stoppage time or even penalty kicks.