TORONTO -- Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney says Jozy Altodore's contributions this season go far beyond the stat sheet.
With five goals in five playoff games this fall, Altidore is one of the main reasons TFC -- who are experiencing their best season in a mostly forgettable 10-year history -- will host Saturday's MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders.
"He's always played great. He's always played hard for this team. He's always done everything that needs to be done on the field and the reward...
TORONTO -- One year ago, Will Johnson was reduced to bit-part status as the Portland Timbers marched to an MLS Cup title. This year, he's a key component for Toronto FC as it takes on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday with another MLS Cup at stake. And he couldn't be happier.
Johnson spent much of 2015 trying to recover from a broken right leg he sustained in 2014, and never could quite become a mainstay in Caleb Porter's lineup. He was limited to 12 regular season contests, and played just a...
After 340 regular-season games and 16 playoff games, the 2016 MLS campaign has one match remaining, as Toronto FC hosts Seattle on Saturday, in the first MLS Cup without an original MLS franchise.
Both Toronto and Seattle are obviously riding hot streaks and hot players into the final. Seattle has ridden the Nicolas Lodeiro train to BMO Field, while TFC has followed the net-bursting form of Jozy Altidore.
Here's a look at the numbers behind the recent runs of Lodeiro and Altidore, plus what ESPN's Soccer Power Index says about Saturday's final matchup:
The Lodeiro/Schmetzer effect
Seattle is attempting to become the fourth MLS champion (and second in a row) without a player on the MLS Best XI for that season, though Nicolas Lodeiro might have cracked the list had he played the entire season. He had four goals and eight assists in 13 regular-season games, and has since added four goals in five playoffs games.
Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Wood, Michael Bradley and Geoff Cameron are the players on the five-man shortlist for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Dec. 9.
Seattle's Dempsey, a three-time winner, last picked up the prize back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, though he has not played since August because of an irregular heartbeat.
Altidore, who collected the honor in 2013, will take the field in the MLS Cup final on Saturday for Toronto FC. He managed...