Toronto mayor John Tory
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Mayors of Toronto, Seattle make musical bet for 2019 MLS Cup

Mayors of cities in title games have a long and, sure, you could say somewhat storied tradition of making fun bets between each other in the name of local pride.

Whether it's foods, drinks or other local products wagered on the big game, the latest twist ahead of Sunday's 2019 MLS Cup Final between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC (3 pm ET | ABC, Univision, TUDN, TVAS, TSN) features a real melodic turn.

Toronto mayor John Tory tweeted on Friday that this year's bet with Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan is for three albums from local artists.

If TFC triumph, Durkan will send Tory Nirvana's seminal grunge classic, "Nevermind," singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You," and indie pop punk band Tacocat's new album "This Mess is a Place."

And if the Sounders capture the Cup, Tory will send Durkan superstar rapper Drake's influential album "Take Care," R&B singer The Weeknd's smash hit "Starboy" and country rock band Blue Rodeo's classic "Lost Together."

On top of that, the losing city's mayor will send the winning side other locally-made products, light a landmark in the other team's colors next Friday, and wear the winning team's scarf "for a full day." Get those cameras ready for the losing side to pay up in the coming days.


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