The first MLS NEXT Pro Cup will take place Saturday, Oct. 8 in Columbus, Ohio when the top seeds face off.
Eastern Conference champion Columbus Crew 2 will take on Western Conference champion St Louis CITY2 at Lower.com Field (5:30 p.m. ET) to determine the first MLS NEXT Pro Cup champion.
Crew 2 defeated Toronto FC II, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference Final Sunday night.
With his team trailing 2-1 in stoppage time, Toronto’s Themi Antonoglou tallied three minutes in, forcing extratime to keep TFC II’s chances alive. Antonoglou put Toronto ahead with an incredible goal from midfield four minutes into the extra session.
Columbus, however, battled back, scoring twice in the last 11 minutes, including Coleman Gannon’s game-winner in the 119th minute.
Later on Sunday night, St Louis CITY2 defeated Tacoma Defiance, 2-1, in the Western Conference final. CITY2 led 2-0 in the second half after goals by Tomáš Ostrák (31st minute) and Josh Dolling (59th minute) before Abdoulaye Cissoko’s 76th-minute penalty kick brought Tacoma within a goal.