Toronto FC are returning to the MLS Cup Final after winning at home over Columbus SC 1-0 with striker Jozy Altidore scoring the game winning goal in the 60th minute. Toronto, returning to the MLS Cup Final for a second straight year, awaits the Western Conference champion to be decided Thursday night in Seattle. The Seattle Sounders currently lead Houston Dynamo 2-0 and are poised for a rematch of last year’s final.
Elsewhere in MLS news, the league announced the four finalists in consideration of receiving an expansion franchise: Sacramento, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Detroit. Representatives from the four expansion committees will present their final cases on December 6 in New York City, with a decision expected sometime around December 14 after the board hears and reviews all supporting arguments. Cincinnati received financing approvals from local government today to beef up infrastructure around their proposed stadium site, adding a last minute boost to their résumé.
MNUFC announced roster cuts this week, declining options and letting contracts expire on a total of nine players. Minnesota United also announced a partnership with the Minnesota Twins to consult with operational aspects for Allianz Field. Among the announcements was the introduction of the first ever General Manager of Allianz Field, Justin Borrell. Borrell has been with Minnesota United for the past five years, most recently servicing as Director of Match Day Operations.
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