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Toronto, Seattle mayors make friendly wager over MLS Cup game

Last Updated Dec 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm EDT

Toronto FC defender Drew Moor, left to right, midfielder Victor Vazquez and Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey race for the ball during first half MLS Cup Final soccer action in Toronto on Saturday, December 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Nathan Denette

As Toronto and Seattle face each other on the soccer pitch Saturday, their mayors made a friendly wager on who will take home the MLS Cup.

If Toronto FC wins the championship, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she’ll send over a basket of treats including Starbucks coffee, cheese, jerky, and smoked salmon. She also vows to light Seattle City Hall in red and wear a Toronto FC scarf on Monday.

If Sounders FC comes out on top, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he’ll send over a basket with Tim Hortons coffee, a peameal bacon sandwich and maple syrup. Tory says he’ll also light the Toronto sign in front of city hall in green and wear a Sounders FC scarf.

But Mayor Tory told 680 NEWS he’s not too concerned about sending over a Canadian care package across the border this year.

“Last year you might recall we had Seatle here for the final, which we lost in an agonizing shoot out and we had some beer involved in the bet, but there were literally problems at customs so we stuck to coffee and a peameal bacon sandwich” he said. “But I’m not worried about sending the peameal bacon sandwich … because I don’t think it will be necessary given the result of the game”

Both mayors said they’ll donate $100 for every goal scored by their respective teams to a local non-profit, with Tory’s money going to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Durkan’s to Seattle Shares, an organization that allows municipal employees to contribute to non-profits across the city.

“Toronto has some unfinished business to attend to when it comes to the MLS Cup and Seattle,” Tory said in a statement. “The entire city is cheering on our Reds. We know they will make us proud and bring home the MLS Cup after this record-setting season.”