For the third time in four seasons it’ll be Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC for MLS Cup.
After splitting MLS Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 at Toronto’s BMO Field, this time the showdown will take place at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. It’s the first time that the Sounders will host and feature in an MLS Cup final.
These two clubs have set the standard of excellence in MLS in recent years, consistently ranking among the top performers in both the regular season and postseason. They have also collected multiple trophies in domestic cup competitions — Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup and Toronto in the Canadian Championship — and they have regularly represented MLS on the international stage in the Concacaf Champions League.
In the all-time series between these two teams, Seattle has enjoyed the decided advantage, winning nine of their 14 regular season meetings. Toronto have only won in two of their eight all-time trips to Seattle, but both of those have come since 2014. The last? A 1-0 victory decided by Altidore’s penalty on May 6, 2017 that was billed as a small measure of revenge for the Sounders’ 2016 MLS Cup triumph.
MLS Cup History
The Sounders won the first championship bout in their very first trip to the final. Seattle grinded out their first and only MLS Cup win in 2016, taking the title on penalties after a scoreless draw:
Regular season record: 16W-10L-8D (52 goals scored, 49 conceded)
Regular season finish: 2nd place, Western Conference
The Seattle Sounders were the No. 2 seed out West and overcame FC Dallas (4-3) and Real Salt Lake (2-0) in the first two playoff rounds, before knocking off No. 1-seeded LAFC 3-1 in the Western Conference Final at Banc of California Stadium.
The Sounders’ postseason run was marked by solid play, mental toughness and a steady stream of key goals from their star attackers: winger Jordan Morris, forward Raul Ruidiaz and playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro.
Head coach Brian Schmetzer, who took over as an interim head coach in July 2016, has now led his hometown club to three MLS Cup finals in four seasons on the job after the club failed in its quest to make MLS Cup during their first seven years in the league.
OUT: Will Bruin (F) – right ACL tear
Suspended after next caution: None
International duty: None
Regular season record: 13W-10L-11D (57 goals scored, 52 conceded)
Regular season finish: 4th place, Eastern Conference
Toronto FC started the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and expertly navigated their way past three rounds of difficult opponents to reach the final. And they did it without star forward Jozy Altidore, who has missed the postseason due to a hamstring, and starting center back Omar Gonzalez.
The Reds were taken to extratime by No. 5 D.C. United in Round One, where they prevailed 5-1 with a four-goal outburst in the extra periods. Then they went on the road and took advantage of two massive errors to oust No. 1 seeds NYCFC 2-1.
Toronto were not done with their playoff exploits, shocking defending champions and No. 2-seed Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final on a memorable gamewinner from veteran substitute Nick DeLeon.
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MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PHILADELPHIA
64-92-22-6 (184 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:
37-38-14-3 (92 Games)
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PHILADELPHIA
John Tavares (45) Jason Spezza (41), Morgan Rielly (17)
John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (10), William Nylander (4)
Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (17), Morgan Rielly (10)
John Tavares (36), Jason Spezza (33), Morgan Rielly (11)
Jason Spezza (67), John Tavares (14), Jake Muzzin (10)
MAPLE LEAFS – FLYERS TEAM STATS
GOALS FOR (Rank):
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):
10/58 [17.2%] (21st)
13/60 [21.7%] (t-9th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):
48/62 [77.4%] (24th)
36/43 [83.7%] (12th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):
FACEOFF % (Rank):
MAPLE LEAFS – FLYERS NOTES
FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:
Jan. 24, 1968 vs. PHI (Philadelphia 2, Toronto 1)
64-92-22-6 (184 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:
37-38-14-3 (92 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:
27-54-8-3 (92 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:
March 15, 2019 (Toronto 7, Philadelphia 6)
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. FLYERS
100th career NHL point (Nov. 11, 2016 vs. PHI)
First career NHL goal (Oct. 29, 2002 (OTT) at PHI) First goal as a Maple Leaf (Nov. 2, 2019 at PHI)
500th career NHL game (March 21, 2016 (NYI) vs. PHI)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
POWER PLAY POINTS
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %
TOI PER GAME
PP TOI PER GAME
3:33 (Matthews, Rielly)
SH TOI PER GAME
MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES
– Frederik Andersen has made 12 career appearances against Philadelphia and has posted an 8-2-2 record with a 3.18 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. He is 39-15-7 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 62 career games during the month of November.
– Tyson Barrie has been on the ice for 283 Toronto shot attempts this season, which ranks fourth among all NHL skaters in on-ice shot attempts for.
– Cody Ceci is tied for 14th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (34). He ranks sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time (64:49).
– Andreas Johnsson has nine points (3-6-9) in 11 games on home ice this season. He has four points (3-1-4) in four career games against the Flyers.
– Kasperi Kapanen has six points (3-3-6) in five games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. He is one of five Maple Leafs to have recorded multiple shorthanded takeaways.
– Alex Kerfoot ranks second among Maple Leafs centres in hits (18). He is tied for second on the team in even-strength goals (4).
– Mitch Marner is tied for 12th among NHLers in points (4-14-18) and sits eighth among NHL skaters in assists (14). He is tied for seventh among all NHL skaters in primary assists (10). He leads the NHL in takeaways (24).
– Auston Matthews is tied for third in the NHL in goals (13) and is tied for second in the NHL in even-strength goals (9). He ranks fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (66) and is tied for second in the NHL in wrist shots (47). He leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (10).
– Ilya Mikheyev leads all NHL skaters in shots on goal while shorthanded (9). He leads NHL rookies in shorthanded ice time (42:39).
– Trevor Moore is the only NHL rookie to average at least 1:00 per game in power play ice time (1:27) and 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (2:02).
– Jake Muzzin is tied for 16th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4). He is the only Maple Leafs defenceman and one of eight NHL defencemen to have registered at least 30 hits (34) and 30 shots on goal (31).
– William Nylander has taken his shots from an average distance of 26.1 feet from goal, which is the second-closest distance among Toronto skaters who have taken at least 35 shots this season. He ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in faceoff win percentage (53.6% – 59 won, 51 lost).
– Morgan Rielly is tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in points (3-13-16). He is tied for third among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (3-8-11). His 25:32 TOI per game average is the fourth-highest mark in the NHL, while he ranks sixth in shifts per game (29.7).
– John Tavares has won 59.5 percent (25 won, 17 lost) of his faceoffs when the Maple Leafs are on the power play and 51.6 percent (64 won, 60 lost) of his faceoffs at even-strength. He has 48 points (27 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games on home ice since joining the Maple Leafs.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
Four wins from 50 career NHL wins.
One game from 100 career NHL games played.
Five assists from 400 career NHL assists.
500th career NHL game (Nov. 5 vs. LAK)
100th career NHL assist (Nov. 5 vs. LAK)
Zach Hyman (Knee)
On injured reserve.
Man Games Lost: 37
Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Recalled forward Nic Petan from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Toronto: E. Korshkov (7) (Unassisted) Goaltender: J. Woll (24/27)
Grand Rapids: F. Zadina (4) PP (M. Puempel, C. Terry), M. Puempel (7) PP (J. Hicketts, C. Terry), G. Smith (3) PP (M. Ford, J. Veleno), D. Turgeon (2) EN (G. Smith, B. Lashoff) Goaltender: C. Pickard (23/24)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Egor Korshkov opened the scoring at 3:49 of the first period. He has nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) through 11 games. He has scored the game’s first goal four times this season.
Joseph Woll stopped 24 of 27 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-1-1-1 on the season with a 0.896 Save Percentage and a 3.31 Goals Against Average.
Toronto was 3-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-6 on the power play.
Grand Rapids had a 28-24 edge in shots in all situations. Jeremy Bracco and Pierre Engall led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
The Marlies are 2-2-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the Griffins. This is the first of four games this season against Grand Rapids. Toronto last played Grand Rapids on April 2, 2016, winning 6-3 on at home.
The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals: P. Aberg, E. Korshkov (7)
Assists: J. Bracco (8)
Points: P. Aberg (12)
PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
Shots: P. Aberg (38)
+/-: B. Harpur (+11)
PIMS: E. Korshkov,M. Read,J. Schmaltz (12)
Toronto is 6-2-1-1 when scoring first.
The Marlies are 4-1-1-1 when leading after the first period and 2-1-1-1 when tied after the second period.
Toronto is 2-2-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 in Friday games and are 1-2-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
No current point streaks
Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.
Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.
Rasmus Sandin (illness) did not play in tonight’s game against Grand Rapids.
November 8: Returned Nic Petan on loan from Toronto (NHL).
November 5: Recalled forward Aaron Luchuk from to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 5: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
November 5: Recalled forward Nic Petan from loan to Toronto (NHL).
November 3: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On special teams: “Both never were in a good place. Statistically, they were in a good place but we were getting all sorts of luck which is what we were getting as a team for all of our results and in the standings. The reality is we’ve been outplayed the majority of every game we’ve played this season and it’s catching up to us now. Special teams are no different. The biggest issue of course is taking too many penalties. We’re playing against an elite power play today so giving them as many opportunities as we did especially with the game so close in the third period is unacceptable and, of course, our power play is pretty anemic. So, we need to get that fixed quickly. Obviously, Petan and Sandin are coming in tomorrow so those are two first shooter power play guys, that’s a number one centre and a number one defenceman that changes our team significantly so that will help of course but as coaches we’ve got to do a better job to prepare our team and more importantly, we’ve got to stay out of the penalty box … We’ve got to be competitive, we’ve got to give ourselves a chance to win, all areas of our game have to improve. We’ve got a chance to win here and get back at it tomorrow then a long week of practice to make some progress. Clearly, things have not been going well for quite some time. It’s 12 games into the season and it’s starting to catch up with us and the luck that we had in the early going.”
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET November 20 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET November 23 vs Manitoba – 4:00 p.m. ET