Sunday finalists Dallas and Colorado arrived in Toronto Thursday night and both teams seem quite relaxed ahead of a match that will see a historic first MLS Cup trophy lifted by one of the participants.
Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman has been playing down the "favourite" tag all week. The 2010 MLS Coach of the Year who led his team to a 19-match unbeaten streak during a long stretch of the season, continued to strike a humble tone when flanked by the local media in Toronto.
Gary Smith hinted at a Colorado advantage, saying that the chilly weather expected at BMO Field on Sunday night is something his players are quite used to. The Harlow-born Englishman coached Colorado to its first playoff berth since 2006 this year and only its second-ever appearance at an MLS Cup Final.
Former Toronto defender Marvell Wynne said it was "like a homecoming" to be back in the city where he spent three seasons. He is truly content that Colorado's long season of ups and downs is set to end at BMO Field - a fitting finale for the man who was a fan favourite at the Exhibition Grounds.
Dallas players Dax McCarty and Zach Loyd also met the media on Thursday night at the team hotel. McCarty speculated on the task of going head-to-head against Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni, while Lloyd stressed the importance of unity and focus ahead of the Final.
MLS Cup Final from BMO Field will be broadcast live on TSN2 at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday November 21. Those looking to take part in weekend and pregame festivities to complement the Final, can start Friday evening at 5:30 at the base of Toronto's CN Tower.
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