Jones: 12 reasons to (hate) watch MLS Cup 2019  11/10/2019 04:23:45   J. Sam JonesContributor

Sunday's MLS Cup Final between Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC at Century-Link Field sold out in mere minutes, with the game set to be the second-best attended MLS Cup in history. There are clearly plenty of reasons to watch the game, from the talent of Nico Lodeiro and Alejandro Pozuelo to the all-UMNT midfield battle between Michael Bradley and Cristian Roldan, not to mention two teams trying to create a dynasty in the third final between the pair in just four years.

But if you're a fan of a team that agonizingly missed out on this year's MLS Cup, there are also plenty of reasons to tune in (3 pm ET | ABC, Univision, TUDN, TVAS, TSN), even if it is to hate-watch...

1. Trilogies are trilogies

The third installment of pretty much anything usually ranges from ok to Spiderman 3. The ceiling is admittedly low for these kinds of things. But, man, the floor. The floor. It could be truly special. Weve already had one installment where the winning team didnt try to score. If the third act is generally the worst of the three, then a potential scenario involving one or both teams forgetting how to soccer and suddenly starting to throw the ball to each other in confusion is entirely on the table. Nothing is better to hate-watch than a trainwreck.

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Or in the moment it will actually seem pretty good until you actually think back on key plot points and are left with questions like: Why was Bruce Wayne just sitting there in that cafe? Extremely famous recently dead person Bruce Wayne just sitting there. Alive. In public. With no one noticing despite the world confirming hes Batman, the masked vigilante who earlier that year saved Americas largest city from nuclear annihilation. 

Both options are at least entertaining.

2. That Seattle fan in your mentions

Yeah, that one. The one you muted but you know is still replying. To like, every tweet. Theres a chance Sunday could be a major bummer for them. Thats a future we can all believe in. Ok, maybe this one is just for me. 

3. Your city may never have a year as successful as *checks notes* Toronto?

Theres apparently a basketball team there. They won a thing. If youre from a city that hasnt won a thing in years or even decades, how are you going to sit there and not root against the city trying to win two things in one year? 

Im unsure how Seattles basketball team did this year so no idea if you can root against them for similar reasons. Someone let me know how they did.*

*I am genuinely sorry

4. Your team didnt sign Alejandro Pozuelo or Raul Ruidiaz

Yeah, argh, so angry theyre playing, Im going to hate-watch this game just for them...should probably prepare myself for how angry Ill be by watching multiple highlight videos of both of them too&ugh yeah, it makes me so angry, totally infuriating that they both might trade world-class goals while being likable people, and I just have to sit there and watch that on a Sunday afternoon and forget about my responsibilities for a couple of hours? Livid, just livid.

Seattle invented you being annoyed by announcers discussing how amazing attendance is. 

Or was that Atlanta? I dont know, I might need to check some things. Either way, Im sure youll get to hear about both teams a bunch on Sunday! And LAFC too! Largely within the context of how these clubs outshine yours in every way! Its going to be a blast, buckle up, yall.

6. This game will confirm all of your opinions about the new playoff format

Oh no! Your team didnt win in the playoffs and make it to MLS Cup! Brutal, just brutal. But you know why they didnt. Its not a lack of talent, or tactics, or the fact they scored fewer goals than the other team when it mattered. No, its this new format that only gave us a collection of highly entertaining games and ever-changing narratives. 

Damn this format! youve said to the internet. We agree! the internet responded. And you felt happy.

And now you may be able to watch this MLS Cup and it may not be nearly as good as it would have been with your team. 

See, I was correct about this format! youll scream to the internet. We agree! the internet will respond. And for the second time this year, youll feel happy. 

7. I bet you have an opinion about Michael Bradley, dont you?

Come on. Just go ahead. Let it out, bud. This whole bar absolutely wants to hear all of your opinions on him. Would you like a sound system? We can get you a sound system. We are all here just to hear this. Actually, you know what, let me turn the game off. I dont want to be distracted from your Michael Bradley opinions. Oh hold on dont start yet, I want to get my recorder. I might turn this into a podcast, Payne Lindsey is also interested in your Michael Bradley opinions. Hey, everybody, come here, this person has Michael Bradley opinions youve got to hear. Alright, go ahead-wait, Im getting a notification on my phone annndddddd Michael Bradley just scored. 

8. Greg Vanneys glow up

This isnt really a hate-watch thing, Im just on board with applauding Vanney for the long hair, long beard, long (apparently lucky) scarf combo thats all a part of an impressive dedication to self-love Vanney has shown over the last few months. You look how you manage folks. I mean hes no Tata Martino but still. 

Some people just dont embody raw animal magnetism. You can at least watch and take notes on someone that does. 

10. Seattles ownership group will probably be there

There will be at least one hard cut during the broadcast to the ownership box and theres a legitimate chance you see Drew Carey, Russel Wilson and Macklemore huddled together and holding a conversation about whether Russ or Mack misses 2014 more.

11. Sad fans are sad

Almost 70,000 people! What could go wrong? I mean maybe Seattle could dominate the game and have an xG more than two goals higher than Toronto and maybe Toronto will score two stunners from outside the box despite finishing with four total shots and an xG of like .14 and 70,000 Sounders fans would have to leave sad and hear the sound of the celebratory fireworks as they walk away from the stadium, sad. But nothing like that would ever happen. Yes, I am writing this from Atlanta, why do you ask?

12. Please. Like youre not going to anyway. 

What are you gonna do? Spend time with your family and friends? Like you just didnt spend the last thirty minutes at your desk looking up Wil Trapps xG chain so you can unload your 20-minute powerpoint/TikTok presentation explaining your thoughts on the matter. Youre on We know youre here because you love the beautiful game. Youre in a safe place here. 

Oh, wait, youre just here to yell at people in the comments? oh ok, got ya, nevermind, carry on.

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