April 30, 2011 MLS--Fernandez, Evans On Target Against Punchless TFC (from MLSsoccer.com)

Fernández, Evans on target against punchless TFC
SEATTLE — Alvaro Fernandez opened the scoring early and Brad Evans added two more as the Seattle Sounders rebounded from the Steve Zakuani injury 
to post a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC at Qwest Field on Saturday night. Seattle turned in a dominant performance against the visitors, who posted 
only one shot on goal.
After earning a win in their Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinal opener on Wednesday, TFC saw their winless streak in league play extended 
to six games. The Sounders, who were without injured striker O'Brian White, ran their unbeaten streak to six games.
Injuries, including a hamstring injury to playmaker Mauro Rosales, caused Sigi Schmid to shuffle his lineup. The trio of Erik Friberg, Nate Jaqua 
and Fernández entered the lineup, with Friberg playing in the center of midfield. Meanwhile, Toronto replaced suspended midfielder Toni Tchani with 
Alen Stevanovic.
In front of a soldout crowd, Fernández put the home team in the lead in the ninth minute. With TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei moving to cover the near post, 
an unmarked Fernández got on the end of a Brad Evans cross from the right flank and headed it home. 

The goal seemed to calm the Sounders after the tumultuous week surrounding Zakuani’s broken leg and the subsequent nine-game suspension to Colorado 
Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan. And two minutes after the goal, the Sounders fans executed an organized tribute to Zakuani, holding up placards with 
the No. 11 and chanting his name. 

With the early momentum firmly in the Sounders’ favor, TFC attempted to wrest some control of the game but had difficulty getting the ball out of their 
own end. Stevanovic provided most of Toronto’s bright moments, including an insightful pass to Javier Martina that nearly resulted in a breakaway goal. 
However, that was as close as the Reds came before the halftime break. 

In the second half, Frei did his best to keep TFC in the match, making good saves on Fredy Montero and Evans. However, the netminder could only do so much 
as Seattle looked destined to score again. 

And in the 52nd minute Evans did just that, running onto a Montero pass and firing a shot to the left side that Frei could only get his hands on but 
not stop. Evans then added his third goal of the season from the penalty spot after referee Ricardo Salazar whistled Mikael Yourrasowsky for a handball 
in the box. 

The three points keep Seattle in third place in the Western Conference with two matches ahead of them this week. They travel to D.C. United on May 4 and 
then play at Columbus three days later. 

Toronto, meanwhile, remain in seventh place in the East. They will attempt to regroup at BMO Field on May 7 against the Houston Dynamo.
Scoring Summary:
SEA -- Alvaro Fernandez 2 (Brad Evans 1, James Riley 1) 9
SEA -- Brad Evans 2 (Fredy Montero 2, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 1) 52
SEA -- Brad Evans 3 (penalty kick) 75
Misconduct Summary:
SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Persistent Infringement) 45
TOR -- Julian de Guzman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54

                SEATTLE    TORONTO FC
Shots               18           6
Shots on goal        9           2
Saves                2           6
Fouls               13          12
Offsides             2           2
Cornerkicks          5           4
Seattle Sounders – Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Alvaro Fernandez, 
Fredy Montero (Mike Fucito 66), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 72), Erik Friberg (Servando Carrasco 80).
Substitutes Not Used: Leo Gonzalez, Lamar Neagle, Jeff Parke, Terry Boss.
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Dan Gargan, Dicoy Williams, Adrian Cann, Danleigh Borman, Julian de Guzman (Nathan Sturgis 57), Maicon Santos 
(Mikael Yourassowsky 46), Jacob Peterson, Javier Martina, Alan Gordon, Alen Stevanovic (Matt Gold 62).
Substitutes Not Used: Nana Attakora, Ty Harden, Joao Plata, Milos Kocic.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants: Peter Manikowski; Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Time of Game: 1:49
Attendance: 36,287
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 56 degrees

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