The two squads are off to similar starts in the 2017 season showing the promise of potent offensive attacks led by their respective trio of playmakers.
Seattle’s trio of Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris has combined for 13 goals and assists this season narrowly outpacing Toronto’s marquee threesome of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, who have accounted for 12 combined goals and assists.
Dempsey is the difference this time around
A notable difference in this matchup compared to MLS Cup is a healthy and in-form Clint Dempsey who has shined for club and country in 2017 with seven goals in all competitions after missing the end of 2016 due to an irregular heartbeat. Perhaps a healthy Dempsey along with home field advantage pushes Seattle to yet another victory over Toronto, but with the recent in-sync performances of Altidore and Giovinco nothing can be guaranteed as fireworks are expected in this dramatic rematch.