Tuesday’s teleconference with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber certainly made it seem like Toronto — and not New York, with the beautiful new stadium — is the favorite to host the MLS Cup this year.
The Globe and Mail is reporting it’s a done deal:
It’s taken three long years, but Toronto’s Major League Soccer faithful will finally get to witness a championship club at BMO Field this season.
Of course, only the most diehard of supporters would expect it to be Toronto FC – still awaiting their first playoff appearance entering a fourth season of play Saturday – but come Nov. 21, Major League Soccer will crown its champion in Toronto when the MLS Cup is played outside the United States for the first time.
A league source confirmed this week that the 15th MLS season will conclude in Toronto this fall, a welcome reward for an organization that has spent upward of $5.5-million this off-season on various renovations, including the installation of a natural grass pitch, improved dugouts and extra seats behind the north goal.
Thoughts on the championship being held north of the border? TFC is the only other profitable franchise, so it seems like a fair reward.