Toronto FC opener proving to be a big deal for MLS

Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar in training on March 14. (CHRIS COULTER/QMI Agency)

Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar in training on March 14. (CHRIS COULTER/QMI Agency)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

SEATTLE - Other than David Beckham's red-carpet arrival, this is the most anticipated regular-season match in MLS history.

Apologies to league legends like Eric Wynalda, Eddie Pope and friends -- that's pre-2007 MLS talk, TFC fans -- but this blockbuster match at CenturyLink Field has been ratcheted up to proportions rarely seen.

Toronto FC, amid all of its off-season additions, against Major League Soccer's marquee team, the heavily followed -- and favoured -- Seattle Sounders, who will pack 40,000 fans into their NFL venue Saturday afternoon.

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke arrived here Friday night. Major League Soccer executives, too.

As did a plethora of non-Toronto media outlets who are in Seattle to take in a spectacle that will feature a half-dozen players with World Cup caps, UEFA Champions League experience and goals in just about every competition you can think of.


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