Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top tier of professional soccer in the U.S and Canada and the one prize that each of the 20 teams desperately wants to get their hands on is the Philip F. Anschutz Cup, otherwise known as the MLS Cup. The exciting MLS Final grips the soccer-loving public and helps put the MLS on the world map. After 34 regular season games, the playoffs – where the top 12 teams compete – detemine the two finalists. The two participants in the final play for all the marbles.
Defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders will try to retain the trophy, a feat last achieved by LA Galaxy in 2011 and 2012. Only two other teams in MLS history have managed to retain the MLS Cup, Houston Dynamo (2006, 2007) and D.C. United (1996, 1997).
What is the MLS finals matchup
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The MLS Cup is a unique competition in the soccer world, one that captures the imagination of the public.
LA Galaxy are by far the most successful MLS Cup team, having won it in 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2014 while being runners-up on four occasions. The only team who can come close to matching the Galaxy’s MLS Cup prowess is D.C. United, who have won the MLS Cup four times. You have to go back to 2004 to find the last time they lifted the trophy, however.
While LA Galaxy excel in the MLS finals, New England Revolution fans have endured long, solemn journeys home as they have lost in five finals.
Seattle Sounders, last year’s MLS Cup winners, beat Toronto F.C. on penalties 5-4. Here are the highlights from a fantastic finale.