(From its early days, Colin Jose covered Toronto soccer for Soccer America, but he is best known as the preeminent authority on the history of the game in the United States and Canada. He is
the historian at Canada's Soccer Hall of Fame into which he was inducted in 2009, and he was the historian/archivist at U.S. Soccer's National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997-2007. In 2004, the National
Soccer Hall of Fame named its Media Award in Jose's honor.)
It may surprise a lot of people to realize that Seattle is farther north than Toronto. Just. Seattle (according to
Wikipedia) sits on latitude 47-36 North. Toronto on 43-42 North. I live in London, Ontario, these days and we are on the same latitude as Rome, Italy.
Until Thursday, we had one snowfall
that melted weeks ago. Our weather is mostly affected by Lake Huron. Both Toronto and London get lake-effect snow off Lake Huron. But it depends on which way the wind is blowing. Toronto if it is
easterly, London south-easterly.
This is a mild winter and by now we would have had quite a bit of snow -- until now, just the one small drop. But the province of New Brunswick, north and
east of here, has had a huge amount.
In the past -- 1920-1930 -- when Canada had a semiprofessional soccer league, the soccer season was always over by the end of October. To allow for
The final was a two-legged affair. Some years, the first leg would be played but the weather would prevent the second leg being played. Then the second leg would be played
the following spring. If there is a lot of snow by Saturday, will the Toronto FC-Seattle final have to be played in the spring?
What about Sky Dome -- the Rogers Centre? The playing
surface in Sky Dome is too small to allow for a FIFA-regulation size field. So soccer is rarely played in Sky Dome, unlike Montreal's Olympic Stadium, which was built to accommodate Olympic soccer.
I have been watching the weather forecast closely all week hoping that the snow stays away, but toward the end of the week, Thursday evening now here in London, 120 miles from Toronto it has
started to snow.
We are supposed to get about six inches over Thursday and into Friday and maybe some on Saturday. This morning and through today, the temperature was -3 Celsius (26
Fahrenheit) with a bitter cold wind, so I wouldn't want to be playing soccer in this. The wind chill can be very bad and the wind can feel like a knife. So let's hope it warms up by Saturday for all
concerned -- and that includes those going to watch.
I will not be going to Toronto. I no longer drive a car. I am 80 years old and have handed in my license. Also I have Anxiety Disorder
and at times vertigo, so, it's no longer safe.
Hoping for the best, but soccer should not be scheduled for anywhere in Canada after the end of October.