The Eastern Conference Championship series winner returns to MLS Cup, where Toronto was the runner-up to Seattle Sounders FC in 2016 and Columbus was the runner-up to the Portland Timbers in 2015.
Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney:
On the returns of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore from suspension:
“With the additions of Jozy and Seba back, that’s going to pull the game forward a little bit more for us and give us two very different targets up at the top. The game will have a different view no matter what [compared to the opening leg]. When you add two guys like that back to the game, it’s going to have a different feel to it. … We’re going to play to move the game forward and to go after their goal.”
Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter:
On the ‘team of destiny’ rhetoric:
“People forget that we went 12 games unbeaten. We hadn’t lost a game since Aug. 5. We went three months without losing a game. I didn’t hear a lot of ‘destiny’ talk back in September. We’ve been plugging away. We’re a good team. We keep our heads down and we keep working. We want to play our game. It’s a really simple formula. … We want to host MLS Cup in front of our fans and we want to give them a great game – no better game than the MLS Cup. But we have to go out and do it.”