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Result of the Sunday April 25th, 2010 MLS game between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders played at BMO Field in Toronto at 2:00pm.

Toronto FC (all white, black names and numbers)

...............24 Stefan Frei
33 Maksim Usanov...3 Nana Attakora...12 Adrian Cann...34 Raivis Hscanovics
25 Martin Saric...14 Dwayne DeRosario (cpt)...6 Julian de Guzman...21 Nick LaBrocca
...........17 O'Brian White...19 Chad Barrett

Subs:...1 Jon Conway (gk)...2 Sam Cronin (mid)...4 Nick Garcia (def)...8 Dan Gargan (mid)...20 Ty Hardin (def)...23 Jacob Peterson (mid) ...27 Gabe Gala (mid)
team officials:...head coach Preki

Seattle Sounders (blue socks, green shorts and shirts, white names and numbers)

..................18 Kasey Keller (cpt)
7 James Riley...4 Patrick Ianni...14 Tyrone Marshall...5 Tyson Wahl
23 Sanna Nyassi...6 Osvaldo Alonso...8 Peter Vagenas...12 Nathan Sturgis
............3 Brad Evans...10 Freddie Ljungberg

Subs:...28 Terry Boss (gk)...11 Steve Zakuani (mid)...16 David Estrada (mid)...17 Fredy Montero (fwd)...19 Leo Gonzalez (def) ...24 Roger Levesque (fwd)...34 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (def)
team officials:...head coach Sigi Schmid

Game officials:...referee Jorge Gonzalez...referee's assistants Nate Clement and Craig Lowry...fourth official Silviu Petrescu...(red shirts, black shorts and socks)

Today the video introductions of the players on the scoreboard worked whereas for the opening game it conked out after the third player.

1st Half:...game starts 2:06pm...TFC defend north end on this windy day with rain falling constantly throughout most of the game.
1 min...Sea Evans cross from right flag has goalie dive forward and palm ball through box away from charging Sea Sturgis.
4 min...TFC LaBrocca freekick cross from 30 yards on right has defenders clear on edge of Sea box and Sea Nyassi races out and has long run cross from right ahead of Sea Ljunberg charging into TFC zone.
6 min...Sea Ljunberg is injured at TFC 30 yards with sliding tackle by TFC Saric who wins ball.
7 min...Sea Evans intercepts pass and blasts 22 yard shot that TFC Cann blocks point blank at 20 yards.
8 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right has charging Sea Ianni head ball over bar from 10 yards.
9 min...TFC White gets loose ball on blocked pass and quick 20 yard shot from left has goalie fly to palm ball wide left of post.
10 min...TFC LaBrocca cornerkick from left has Sea player head ball away from box. TFC de Guzman chips cross from right 25 yards and TFC Barrett bicycle kick is blocked at 10 yards.
13 min...TFC YELLOW card...Saric for knock down on Sea Sturgis at center line. A pushing match between players evolves before card given out.
15 min...Sea Evans rolls cross from near right corner flag after run has TFC Saric clear on edge of box.
16 min...TFC YELLOW card...Usanov earns it for sliding tackle on Sea Sturgis at TFC 30 yards on left.
17 min...Sea Ljunberg 35 yard freekick from left has TFC players clear inside box.
17 min...Sea Ljunberg on right edge of TFC box touches pass to charging Sea Nyassi who tries cross from 12 yards near end line on right but sliding TFC Cann knocks over end line for cornerkick.
18 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right has ball pop up and Sea player kicks ball wide right from 10 yards on right. TFC Attakora injured on play.
19 min...TFC Barrett can't win cornerkick when Sea Riley sliding tackle pokes ball over end line from 15 yards.
21 min...TFC LaBrocca low blast up middle from 25 yards is wide right of net.
22 min...TFC DeRosario pass attempt to TFC Barrett but sliding Sea Ianni knocks ball away inside Sea box.
22 min...Sea Evans leaps in crowd of players and heads ball wide right of net from 8 yards when sent in cross from 30 yards on left by Sea Ianni.
25 min...Sea Riley long chip from 50 yards has goalie shield keeping Sea Ljunberg from getting to ball until it rolls for goalkick. Sea Ljunberg crashes into end boards.
26 min...Sea goalie catches TFC Usanov cross from near right cornerflag.
27 min...Sea Vagenas chips 30 yards and Sea Ljunberg shoots high over net from 12 yards on right.
29 min...TFC Cann makes sliding save at 18 yards to block shot by Sea Nyassi.
31 min...Sea Evans quick turn and rolls 22 yard shot from left that's wide right of net.
32 min...TFC LaBrocca 25 yard freekick from right hits leaping Sea Alonzo's head in two man wall and deflects for cornerkick.
32 min...TFC LaBrocca cornerkick from right has leaping Sea player head ball away on left side of box.
35 min...TFC Usanov cross from 35 yards on right has Sea defender head ball out of box and TFC LaBrocca blast from edge of box is blocked by another Sea defender.
37 min...Sea Ljunberg cross from 35 yards has charging Sea Evans head ball over net from 15 yards.
39 min...TFC de Guzman draws freekick when after long run cutting in from right wing he's knocked off ball.
40 min...TFC Hscanovics takes tapped over 27 yard freekick from right has ball deflected away from box by charging Sea Nyassi.
40 min...Sea YELLOW card...Nyassi draws it for moving towards ball before previous freekick was taken.
41 min...TFC Hscanovics weak 27 yard freekick is blocked in player wall.
43 min...TFC LaBrocca crosses from 25 yards on left but ball cleared from Sea box.
44 min...Sea Nyassi cross from right has TFC Usanov clear ball across box from left and ball deflects off Sea player giving Usanov another chance to clear from 5 yards.
45 min...TFC de Guzman slides but can't connect of ball at 5 yards when TFC DeRosario chips 35 yard ball from right wing.
46 min...TFC de Guzman chips ball from 25 yards from right and Sea Ianni flicks header through box wide left of net for cornerkick.
46 min...TFC LaBrocca cornerkick from left is weak and nearest defender clears ball.
46 min...TFC Hscanovics chips ball from center line down middle and leaping TFC player heads ball forward on edge of box where Sea goalie blocks TFC DeRosario sliding tackle kick at 10 yards.
47 min...half ends 2:53pm.

Halftime: The sprinklers don't need to be turned on with the rain still falling but some groundskeepers walked the field with buckets of sand to fill in the pot holes.

2nd Half:...starts 3:09pm.
47 min...TFC Barrett suffers head injury just outside center circle.
48 min...Sea Vagenas short pass up middle to Sea Ljunberg who taps through ball pass to split defence for Sea Sturgis on break and low 15 yard shot is stopped point blank by goalie at 8 yards and Sturgis falls when lunging for rebound at almost the same spot as initial shot.
50 min...TFC YELLOW card...Cann for sliding tackle on Sea Ljunberg at TFC 40 yard line.
52 min...TFC LaBrocca pushes over charging Sea Nyassi running with ball on right wing.
53 min...Sea Ljunberg freekick from 22 yards has header popped up through TFC box by defender.
54 min...Sea Riley wins cornerkick when his cross from 12 yards along right end line is blocked by TFC Attakora.
54 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right starts scramble in box before TFC LaBrocca finally kicks away ball.
57 min...TFC Dwayne DeRosario GOAL...TFC Barrett cross from 22 yards on right hits the referee and ball drops for Sea Alonzo who loses ball on edge of box and DeRosario takes ball at 20 yards on left, steers around Sea Ianni and blasts shot from 12 yards that goalie Kasey Keller gets a hand to but pushes into right side of net about 5 feet off ground.
59 min...Sea sub...Zakuani replaces Nyassi.
60 min...TFC Barrett checked off ball just inside right corner of Sea box.
60 min...Sea Zakuani from 55 yards on right rolls through pass upfield and charging Sea Evans one touch shoots low 15 yard shot from right that goalie blocks at 10 yards and concedes cornerkick.
60 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right has leaping TFC White head out of box on right side.
61 min...Sea Ljunberg cross from 20 yards on right side just outside of box is over players and out left side of box.
61 min...TFC sub...Gargan replaces Barrett. DeRosario now moves up to play forward and Gargan as a midfielder.
64 min...TFC LaBrocca cornerkick from left has TFC Cann head ball down at 10 yards and defender clears out of box in crowd of players at 5 yards.
66 min...Sea Sturgis is injured at TFC 35 yards when bumped by TFC Gargan.
70 min...Sea sub...Montero replaces Sturgis.
72 min...TFC LaBrocca chips ball down middle from center line and Sea goalie steps out of box to clear ball from charging TFC White.
73 min...TFC sub...Cronin replaces LaBrocca.
74 min...Sea Ljunberg wins freekick when TFC Attakora nudges him on rush on left.
74 min...Sea Ljunberg low freekick from 25 yards left has sliding TFC White behind play wall clears for throw-in on left.
75 min...TFC O'Brian White GOAL...Sea Tyrone Marshall loses possession of ball at center line and TFC Gargan passes forward on right to TFC Dwayne DeRosario who rushes on right and centers pass on 2 on 1 rush to charging TFC White who puts 12 yard shot into right side of net.
I noticed that it's finally stopped raining.
78 min...Sea sub...Estrada replaces Riley.
79 min...TFC sub...Gala replaces DeRosario.
80 min...TFC Cronin 20 yard freekick from left is partially cleared by Sea Alonzo and TFC de Guzman blasts 22 yarder that deflects off defender on edge of box and bounces just wide of post.
81 min...TFC Cronin cornerkick from left is cleared on header in box from Sea Marshall.
82 min...Sea Ljunberg pass to Sea Montero on left edge of box and blast has TFC goalie make point blank save on left post by standing tall. TFC Hscanovics was laying on the right side of the TFC box injured
83 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from left has goalie punch out of box in crowd of players.
83 min...Sea Ljunberg chips ball in from left side of box but wide left of net.
85 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right is skipped through box by Sea player on right.
86 min...Sea Estrada bends in 22 yard shot from left that's caught by goalie.
87 min...Sea Zakuani after long run on left beating two defenders crosses from 25 yards and ball is cleared by header by TFC Hscanovics at 7 yards preventing Sea player from getting to it.
89 min...TFC cross from 25 yards on right bounces through box just ahead of TFC White at 12 yards.
90 min...Sea Zakuani chips 15 yarder from left that pops up on deflection off defender and is caught by goalie.
91 min...Sea Alonzo's 25 yard blast down middle deflects off defender and lands on top of net.
92 min...Sea Ljunberg cornerkick from right has Sea Ianni pop ball over net from 8 yards.
94 min...game ends 3:58pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......2..........Seattle Sounders.........0......

Attendance was announced as 18,394 which was below capacity but understandable as there was no surprise that the weather would be windy and wet. The rain started about 90 minutes before game time and alternated between medium and light rain until the game was almost over.

I felt the team didn't start off very well as they didn't look threatening in the Sounders end the rare chances they got into the last 30 yards. DeRosario stole the ball off a defender just outside the Sounders box and made a goal out of nothing from 20 yards. That made five goals for the season until that time which was every goal for the team until that point. The second goal was easy as TFC got a break as the Sounders were pressing for the tieing goal. TFC still only had only five shots all game whereas Sounders had eleven. Julian de Guzman slipped a few times on the wet field while dribbling or just running up the field.

Dwayne DeRosario was named the Man of The Match in this game. A day later he was announced as the MLS Player of the Week for the entire league.

The Sounders had played a game on Thursday night and settled for a 2-2 tie in Dallas and their coach made about six changes from that lineup to rest players.

The field did not have to be watered at halftime! The halftime entertainment was something new--Pizza Pizza's Meal or No Meal where a contestant guessed which coupon was in a set of five pizza boxes. This game could be held on the sideline and the field wasn't damaged.

I bought a game program today and there was quite a bit of repetition from the first game program but I didn't get to enjoy it so much because my bag took on water like a sponge on the wet rows of benches and the pages stuck together.

TFC now stays in town for a Wednesday game against Montreal Impact in the first game of the Nutrilife Championship Series


TORONTO FC 2, SOUNDERS FC 0

Seattle 0 0 - 0 
Toronto FC 0 2 - 2 
First half - None. Second half  1, Toronto, De Rosario 5, 58th minute. 2, Toronto, White 1 (De Rosario), 76th. 
Goalies - Seattle, Kasey Keller; Toronto, Stefan Frei. 
Shots - Seattle 11, Toronto 5. 
Shots on goal - Seattle 4, Toronto 3. 
Fouls - Seattle 7, Toronto 13. 
Offsides - Seattle 2, Toronto 0. 
Corner kicks - Seattle 7, Toronto 5. 
Saves - Seattle 1, Toronto 4. 

Scoring Summary:

TOR -- Dwayne De Rosario 5 (unassisted) 58'

TOR -- O'Brian White 1 (Dwayne De Rosario 1) 76'

Misconduct Summary:
TOR -- Martin Saric (caution; Reckless Tackle) 14'
TOR -- Maksim Usanov (caution; Reckless Tackle) 17'
SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Fails to Respect Distance) 41'
TOR -- Adrian Cann (caution; Reckless Tackle) 52'

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley (David Estrada 78), Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani 60), 
Osvaldo Alonso, Peter Vagenas, Nathan Sturgis (Fredy Montero 71), Brad Evans, Freddie Ljungberg.

Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Maksim Usanov, Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann, Raivis Hscanovics, Nick LaBrocca (Sam Cronin 74), Martin Saric, 
Julian de Guzman, O'Brian White, Chad Barrett (Dan Gargan 62), Dwayne De Rosario (Gabe Gala 79).

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's Assistants: Nate Clement; Craig Lowry
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu

Weather: Rain, 50 degrees
Attendance: 18,394


TFC starters


Sounders starters


TFC Dwayne DeRosario and Chad Barrett ready to kick off the game


Sounders rush out of own end


"MLSE" (initials for the TFC team owners) get their own sign from North End Elite fans
Best sign I saw was outside the stadium with a sign that read "GARCIA got CANN-ed" for Adrian Cann winning the starting defender position over Nick Garcia.


TFC Julian de Guzman watched by Sounders Tyson Wahl


TFC Julian de Guzman breaks up pass to Sounders Nathan Sturgis


After Sounders corner kick it takes a long time for the TFC defenders to clear the ball.


TFC players applaud south end fans after the game.

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