MLS Cup fever is almost upon us as the 23rd edition comes to a thrilling conclusion at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Atlanta United are looking to lift their first MLS Cup as they take on Portland Timbers on Sunday [December 9], who are aiming to replicate their triumph in 2015.
It has been another truly memorable season in MLS and in preparation for the final, we take a look at those who have written their names into MLS Cup folklore down the years.
In 2013, former Sporting Kansas City central defender Aurelin Collin found himself and his team 1-0 down in the MLS Cup final against Real Salt Lake.
But Collin rescued his side with a fierce header to tie the contest and send the match into extra-time.
Collin then scored from the spot as Sporting KC won 7-6 in a penalty shootout to seal the title.
Robbie Keane was a man on a mission during the 2014 season, firing LA Galaxy all the way to the MLS Cup final.
Galaxy took on New England Revolution and made the perfect start through Gyasi Zardes before Chris Tierney levelled the contest.
But Keane had the final say, lashing the ball home during extra-time to clinch the win and LA Galaxy’s fifth championship.
Portland Timbers defied the odds to claim the 2015 MLS Cup title at Columbus Crew.
Despite finishing third in the Western Conference, the Timbers made it all the way to the final, dumping out first seed FC Dallas and second seed Vancouver Whitecaps in the process.
They travelled to Ohio to take on Columbus Crew where Diego Valeri scored the quickest goal in MLS Cup history after 27 seconds to help seal a 2-1 triumph and their first MLS Cup crown.
Stefan Frei had the game of his life in 2016 as he steered Seattle Sounders to glory against Toronto FC.
The Swiss goalkeeper made a string of fine saves, as well as a crucial one in the penalty shootout, as the Sounders got the better of Toronto.
One year on and it was time for a new hero - step forward Jozy Altidore.
The Canadian striker looked as though he would miss the final after getting injured during the playoffs but the forward made a remarkable recovery, scoring the opening goal against Seattle Sounders in the final.
Victor Vázquez added a second during injury time, but it was Altidore’s stunning return and goal that saw him win MLS Cup MVP.
Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender Sol Campbell is taking his first steps as a manager after being appointed as the boss of English lower league side Macclesfield.
The ex-England international hung up his boots as a player back in 2012 and has repeatedly spoken about his desire to become a manager.
Campbell now has his chance, although he faces a tough challenge at Macclesfield, who are bottom of the fourth tier.
"It has been a long time coming. I think I have been patient. I know a lot of players out there who want to be managers are having difficulties in getting a job as well, so my situation is not unique,” said Campbell.
Campbell becomes the latest decorated retired player to take his first managerial job.
Thierry Henry signed a three-year deal to become Monaco manager back in October after he had enjoyed a spell as Belgium assistant coach.
It was a fairytale return to Monaco for Henry after he started his playing career with the Ligue 1 club – scoring 21 goals in 115 appearances.
Two of Campbell’s former England team-mates have also taken their first steps on the managerial ladder this season.
Steven Gerrard left his role as Liverpool’s Under-18 coach to become manager of Scottish giants Rangers.
And Frank Lampard has steered Derby County into promotion contention in the Championship and secured a famous Carabao Cup win at Manchester United.
But former Real Madrid midfielder Santiago Solari has taken the most high-profile job after succeeding Julen Lopetegui as Los Blancos boss.
Solari had been enjoying a successful spell in charge of Real’s B team, Castilla, before taking charge of the first-team in October.