2017 MLS Cup final



SD at 2017-12-10 00:37:28

the game was played fair by the players. The referee kept it low profile by controlling the game without excitement. I questioned 1 or 2 offside calls but overall Toronto deserved the game as they dominated Seattle Sounders.

Today no VAR was used as it was not necessary. it is a good sign. The TV footage did not show the referee given a card to TOR for removing the shirt at the goal celebration. Chapman used his fitness and mobility adequately and it was nice to watch the game flow. Well done to the teams and PRO referees for the great effort during the whole season. They offered a lot of training to the referees and support throughout the season. Nice finishing of 2017.

See you back for the 2018 season!


SD at 2017-12-10 00:26:56

My final summary will follow shortly. What a great game, played fair by both teams and overall good refereeing


SD at 2017-12-10 00:23:59

Full Time

final score 2-0 TORONTO

they fully deserved the win today


SD at 2017-12-10 00:22:52

GOAL! TOR 2-0 goal # 7. removed his shirt in celebration and shall get a compulsory YC


SD at 2017-12-10 00:20:19

sub TOR in 8, out 18


SD at 2017-12-10 00:19:32

additionnal time 4 minutes


SD at 2017-12-10 00:17:45

no penalty called for TOR on the breakaway!! no offside??


SD at 2017-12-10 00:15:47

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SD at 2017-12-10 00:13:14

sub 17 Altidore out and 6 in for TOR


SD at 2017-12-10 00:12:00

sub 31 in Cooper from TOR


SD at 2017-12-10 00:10:28

the game has stopped on the corner. some confusion, match is delay by the sky cam too close to the ground


SD at 2017-12-10 00:08:40

look like an offside was missed!?


SD at 2017-12-10 00:05:38

Chapman has decided to allow a lot of fouls and keep the cards in his pocket so far.


SD at 2017-12-10 00:01:48

good referee prevention by accelerating the restart on GK so no waisting time allowed


SD at 2017-12-09 23:58:26

Substitution SEA in 13, out 8


SD at 2017-12-09 23:55:44

GOAL! TOR Altidore  #17 scored. Beautiful and finally a goal. A game changer. He came back from an offside position, great play. 1-0 Toronto


SD at 2017-12-09 23:53:10

Altidore TOR and Torres SEA lost their cool for a moment. the referee decides to talk to both players and keep the cards in his pocket. Good management by Chapman but the intensity is now increasing


SD at 2017-12-09 23:48:41

after the shot, #17 TOR commited a foul. the ref shall have stopped and call the FK. no intent to play the ball


SD at 2017-12-09 23:46:40

ref called an advantage for TOR, correct


SD at 2017-12-09 23:45:27

no foul, no penalty for TOR. Good no call in my opinion


SD at 2017-12-09 23:43:34

pass back or not? No it was an attempt to save by the defender. no call needed, correct


SD at 2017-12-09 23:41:59

The atmosphere is great at the BMO field, fans are jumping and singing to stay warm!


SD at 2017-12-09 23:39:37

foul called against TOR, tackle from behind. correct call. could be a dangerous FK but way over the goal by #10


SD at 2017-12-09 23:35:55

TOR #33 just missed a golden opportunity to have a great shot on goal!


SD at 2017-12-09 23:35:09

foul against Osorio TOR, good call by referee Chapman


SD at 2017-12-09 23:32:40

Start of the 2nd half


SD at 2017-12-09 23:29:06

Fitness for the referee/first half. Chapman is pacing himself.

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SD at 2017-12-09 23:26:52

NO VAR for the first half.

The renowned former English Premier League, UEFA and FIFA referee and current Professional Referee Organization Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations Howard Webb, told MLSsoccer.com in an interview last week that, although the system is still in its infancy, he feels Video Review has been almost entirely positive for MLS.

The video review system has been used 46 times in 149 MLS regular season and Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff matches so far, good for about one review every three games


SD at 2017-12-09 23:20:59

Half Time

Still 0-0, no cards and no goals for the first half


SD at 2017-12-09 23:16:41

No Additional time for the first half


SD at 2017-12-09 23:12:55

foul against Altidore, by Torres SEA, good call, simple FK


SD at 2017-12-09 23:11:58

SEA goalkeeper has done many good saves already.


SD at 2017-12-09 23:10:23

referee Chapman is stretching on the field during a throw in….could be the cold weather


SD at 2017-12-09 23:09:24

Dempsey SEA is marked closely by TOR #3, being a key player and the best scorer of SEA with 15 goals this season


SD at 2017-12-09 23:07:52

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SD at 2017-12-09 23:06:05

another great shot by TOR, great save. referee is reaching the correct angle by narrowing his diagonale


SD at 2017-12-09 23:04:51

foul by SEA Rodriguez, not necessary


SD at 2017-12-09 23:01:47

Toronto has 8 shots on goal v 1 shot for Seattle so far.


SD at 2017-12-09 23:00:06

offside SEA, very obvious one


SD at 2017-12-09 22:56:42

Few “handball” were already contested by players.

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SD at 2017-12-09 22:53:56

referee is keeping the pace, good mobility and angle of vision. He is keeping it simple and relax


SD at 2017-12-09 22:51:12

foul against Giovinco, he is taking the FK, he is a pro at it!


SD at 2017-12-09 22:50:15

confusion on the throw in, SEA is claiming it but given to TOR


SD at 2017-12-09 22:49:15

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SD at 2017-12-09 22:46:53

offside called by AR2 but yet the player was onside by just a little bit!


SD at 2017-12-09 22:45:31

Chapman is letting the game flow and allows a fair amount of physical contact.


SD at 2017-12-09 22:43:26

AR sprints to the goal line, sharp and good decision as the ball stays in


SD at 2017-12-09 22:42:08

another great chance to score for TOR, referee sprints to the action in the PA area. Good positioning


SD at 2017-12-09 22:40:52

first big save of the game by SEA, nice shot from TOR


SD at 2017-12-09 22:39:49

Referee Chapman let the game go, not too much whistle needed so far


SD at 2017-12-09 22:37:58

so far the game looks like just another game. The first 20 minutes could be crucial and especially the first goal of the game


SD at 2017-12-09 22:34:53

Referee Chapman was voted referee of the year for MLS


SD at 2017-12-09 22:32:59

first corner for TOR, pretty good chance to score already by #3


SD at 2017-12-09 22:30:35

Footballkick-off 2017 MLS Cup. GAME ON!

SD at 2017-12-09 22:23:58

The players and officials are lining up for the National Anthems.


SD at 2017-12-09 22:17:10

Welcome to the 22nd edition of the MLS Cup. The game is broadcast in 170 countries. All the best to the referees’ team! We hope they do a fine job on the field today. Good luck to TOR and SEA, so the best team win! A cold day; 34 deg!

SD at 2017-12-09 22:09:11

In previous meetings, Toronto won 2 games, Seattle won 1 game and they had 2 draws.

The players to watch for Toronto FC are Giovinco, Altidore, Victor Vazquez and captain Michael Bradley and excellent goalkeeper Alex Bono

The players to watch for Seattle Sounders are Clint Dempsey, Will Bruin, Roman Torres and Victor Rodriguez

SD at 2017-12-09 21:57:20

Today’s match officials are:

Referee Allen Chapman made his professional debut in 2012.

Allen Chapman will today become the 16th different referee to take charge of the #MLSCup.

The 1st assistant referee Adam Wienckowski made his professional debut in 2004

The 2nd assistant referee Jeremy Hanson made his professional debut in 2012

The fourth official veteran Kevin Stott made his professional debut in 1996

The 5th official is Jason White

VAR Dave Gantar made his professional debut in 2010. Gantar is the only Canadian official appointed for this game.

SD at 2017-12-09 21:49:50

This is the BIG MLS game. A Revenge v Repeat from last year final.

Last year MLS Cup was disputed at the same BMO stadium in Toronto and with the same two teams. Seattle won that game, so the pressure is on Toronto!

I do believe Toronto has a home advantage and they are determined to win this game.

Toronto had an excellent season but a difficult playoff. Seattle did really well dutring the playoffs


SD at 2017-12-09 21:47:41

Welcome to today’s RefCam coverage of the 2017 MLS Cup final with Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders . Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.