Drew Moor has lifted the MLS Cup twice in his enduring career. First with the Colorado Rapids in 2010 and again with Toronto FC in 2017. The 35-year-old centerback is ready to contribute to The Red’s championship match game plan—in any capacity asked of him—and is eager to hoist the trophy once again before a sold-out crowd in downtown Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
He spoke with the Burgundy Wave before a chipper practice session held at the Seattle Sounder’s training complex in Tukwila, Washington, about his journey, the team, and his expected match-day role.
Moor began by describing his journey to this MLS Championship game. “This is why we all —to be here. It now starts in January,” he said. “We spend a lot of time on the training field, away from family, at airports, and on buses. It is a journey during a long season that culminates in the final game and you will know two hours after the opening whistle if the season is going to be over and if you’re going to be a champion or not.”
Burgundy Wave: What makes this Toronto FC squad special?
Drew Moor: “This is my fourth season with the club. All four teams we had have been different. In 2017 when we won the Cup, it seemed that all we just had to show up and we would win games. Conversely, this team relates more to the 2016 team in that we were a tight-knit group, we knew that we would not just be able to show and win big games. This season we spent a lot of time together, both on and off the field, having a lot of conversations in small and large groups on how we can improve. There is a lot of camaraderie here and that is special and fun to be part of. I think we have used that to build the confidence that we are playing with right now. We feel that we can go on the road and win big games—we have proven that—and we have one more to do.”
BW: The pre-match build-up about the attendance. Is it intimidating?
DM: “Yah, it can be. But we went into Atlanta which had a big crowd as well. The squad has several guys that have played in big games, big crowds, whether for Toronto, other teams, their national teams. This place [Seattle] is always a special place to play in, a phenomenal atmosphere. We take the crowd out of it. If we can do that with our good play, an early goal, an early tackle, whatever it is, great. But don’t worry too much about the crowd—just go out, execute, and play our game. Settle in and enjoy it.”
The veteran Moor played 31 minutes in the D.C. United playoff match. Toronto beat D.C. 5-1. He was an unused sub in both the NYCFC and Atlanta FC playoff matches. Centerbacks Chris Mavinga and Laurent Ciman have usurped Moor in recent games. A healthy Omar Gonzalez is also competing for starting role.
BW: What expectations has Head Coach Greg Vanney set for you during this final match?
DM: “To be myself. When you are part of the 18, you have a role regardless, whether you get into the game or not. I mean to just be a veteran, to bring a little calm to the group, if it is needed, and be prepared to go on the field if I get chosen. The 18-man roster has not been announced yet. I have been in and out of the line up all season. So I have stayed mentally and physically sharp. You never know when you’re called upon and be ready to go.”
Speaking for many Rapids-Drew Moor fans, we are all hopeful to see him back on the pitch, contributing to a Toronto FC victory and raising the Cup again.