It's official: MLS Cup coming to Toronto
The worst-kept secret in the Toronto soccer scene is now official.
The 2010 MLS Cup, the league's championship game, will be staged in Toronto, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced at a news conference Tuesday.
The game will take place Nov. 21 at BMO Field, home of Toronto FC.
Garber made the announcement at Air Canada Centre, flanked by Toronto Mayor David Miller and Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Toronto FC.
"Toronto and the province of Ontario have proven to be a vibrant market for top-level soccer, and we are pleased to present the city's fans another opportunity to enjoy a marquee event and showcase their passion," Garber said in a media release.
"As we saw last year in Seattle, MLS Cup is more than just our championship match; it is a week-long celebration of the world's game in North America. We believe Toronto will be a superb backdrop for the festivities."
This marks the first time the MLS Cup will be held outside the United States since the league's first season in 1996.
During a conference call with reporters last week, Garber extolled the virtues of the city of Toronto.
"Toronto certainly is a good prospect for MLS Cup," he said. "They have the same dynamic that is in Seattle, fans who are passionate about the sport."
Real Salt Lake defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2009 MLS Cup in Seattle.
Other cities vying to host this year's game included Los Angeles and New York.
BMO Field is no stranger to high-profile soccer events. It staged the 2008 MLS All-Star Game, as well as the final of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.