In 2016 and 2017, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders met for the MLS Cup. Each team won a title.
Now, after strong starts to the 2019 season, the teams have shown they're capable of reaching the final again.
Toronto FC (3-0-1, 10 points) and the Sounders (4-0-1, 13 points) hope their match Saturday afternoon in Seattle, the only regular-season meeting between the teams, will be a preview of things to come.
"I think it will be an interesting matchup," Toronto coach Greg Vanney told the Toronto Sun. "I know people are ready to give them the Western Conference (title). Them or L.A. (FC or the Galaxy). But we have a dangerous team that they're going to have to deal with as well."
The Sounders won the 2016 title in penalty kicks after a scoreless draw through extra time.
"We've played them in two (MLS) finals," Toronto midfielder Jonathan Osorio told the Sun. "We got one (2017) and they got one (2016). And the one that they got ... I don't know. It hurts still. So every time we play them it's always a good challenge. They're a great team, they're a great organization, they have been for a while."
There figures to be more scoring Saturday. Toronto is averaging 3.0 goals per game and Seattle 2.2.
Toronto forward Jozy Altidore has three goals and two assists in three games since returning from injury and newcomer Alejandro Pozuelo, a midfielder, has two goals and two assists in two matches.
Raul Ruidiaz and Jordan Morris each have three goals for the Sounders.
"I would say it feels like a fun game," Vanney told the Sun. "You know the competition level is going to be high, you know it's two teams with unbeaten records. These (games) ask for more concentration, they ask for more mental energy. They get you excited because they're a very dynamic team. We like to be a dynamic team. You just know that both teams are going to go after each other."
Seattle got some extra rest when its game Wednesday at Colorado was postponed because of inclement weather, though the decision wasn't made until after the Sounders were already en route to Denver and they were unable to get back home until Thursday.
"Frustrating, (but) those things are out of the control of the players," Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan said after practice Friday. "We try to prepare for a game and try to do our part to keep this momentum going. In the end, you're a professional, you prepare for these games, but (it's) frustrating you have to travel."
The Sounders are 8-3-2 all-time against Toronto in regular-season play, including 4-2-1 at home.