As ridiculous as playing a soccer final on Dec. 10 may be, TFC and Seattle’s MLS Final is definitely noteworthy.
The game sold out in minutes, while the Grey Cup took nearly an entire year to sell out in Toronto.
Ratings for the Montreal-Toronto semi-final soccer games were equal to the semi-final games the CFL put on display.
Now, it’s a rarity to see two Canadian teams get this far in MLS, but the interest was there in soccer and now we’ll see if the country or if it’s just Toronto that is interested in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday.
The growth of the sport in Canada begins at the grassroots and there is no question the popularity of soccer as a sport of choice among youngsters. Then combine that with the national women’s team’s success and you have casual sports fans paying attention. Now TFC is in the league final.
The snowball is rolling the right direction for a sport too many pass off because of flopping, low scoring and perceived lack of action.
But don’t let your ignorance get in the way of reality. Major League Soccer is only going to grow and people are having more fun going to soccer games than football games in the CFL’s three biggest markets.