- June 18, 2011 MLS--Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders (by Rocket Robin)


Result of the Saturday June 18th, 2011 MLS game between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, black shoulders and sleeves, white names and numbers)

........................24 Stefan Frei
27 Richard Eckersley...4 Doneil Henry...20 Ty Harden...25 Danleigh Borman
........10 Alen Stevanovic...19 Mikael Yourassowsky...11 Nathan Sturgis
........18 Nick Soolsma...29 Marcos Santos (cpt)...7 Joao Plata

Subs:...30 Milos Kocic (gk)...5 Ashtone Morgan (def)...8 Dan Gargan (def)...15 Matt Stinson (mid)...16 Oscar Cordon (mid)...26 Matt Gold (def) ...33 Javier Martina (fwd)
head coach Aron Winter

Seattle Sounders (all black, white names and numbers, green trim)

.....................18 Kasey Keller
7 James Riley...31 Jeff Parke...34 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado...5 Tyson Wahl
10 Mauro Rosales...6 Osvaldo Alonso...3 Brad Evans...27 Lamar Neagle
............17 Fredy Montero...2 Mike Fucito

Subs:...28 Terry Boss (gk)...8 Erik Friberg (mid)...12 Leo Gonzalez (def)...15 Alvaro Fernandez (mid)...20 Zach Scott (def)...21 Nate Jaqua (fwd) ...25 Pat Noonan (fwd)
head coach Sigi Schmid

Game officials:...referee Yader Reyes...referee's assistants Craig Lowry and Corey Rockwell...fourth official Fotis Bazakos... (teal shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 7:10pm...TFC defend south end.
1 min...Sea Neagle quick throw-in upfield on left sideline from 30 yards to charging Sea Fucito who shoots from 10 yards on extreme left low to just wide right of post.
3 min...Sea Riley can't control header on left end line on long freekick so a goalkick is called.
6 min...TFC Santos 35 yard freekick down middle deflects through player wall but ball is cleared from inside the box at 12 yards.
7 min...Sea Rosales crosses from 15 yards near right end line has TFC Harden block and eventually clear from box.
8 min...Sea Rosales 35 yard freekick from right is over players in box and well wide left for goalkick.
10 min...TFC Yourassowsky run into box and can't draw Penalty kick when Sea Hurtado gets back to bump TFC Yourassowsky which has him fall over and ball rolls over end line from 12 yards.
11 min...TFC Eckersley throw-in from right cornerflag and TFC Stevanovic turns and crosses high for throw-in on left.
12 min...TFC Plata gets short throw-in from TFC Borman on left from 25 yards and dekes two but Sea Alonso charges back and concedes cornerkick.
13 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from left is over players in box but wins throw-in on right.
14 min...Sea Alonso blasts 40 yarder down middle well over net.
15 min...TFC Santos charges to ball on right pushing aside defender but pushes ball over end line.
17 min...TFC YELLOW card...Harden earns it for pushing into goalie in Sea box after TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has defender pop up header and another defender clears and players push each other into net.
20 min...Sea Riley throw-in from right into TFC box has TFC Stevanovic kick ball away.
21 min...Sea Fucito on left edge of box has shot blocked by TFC Harden at 15 yards.
21 min...TFC Soolsma cross from 25 yards on right has charging TFC Santos twist 12 yard header that goalie catches.
23 min...Sea Rosales cross from 35 yards on right sideline is wide left of net.
25 min...TFC YELLOW card...Borman earns it for sliding tackle on Sea Rosales at 20 yards on right sideline.
26 min...Sea Wahl freekick from 25 yards on right sideline as Sea Hurtado on left pop 15 yard header over net but wins cornerkick.
27 min...Sea Wahl cornerkick from right has TFC Henry head ball wide left for throw-in.
28 min...Sea goalie boots clearance off sliding TFC Plata at 8 yards on left.
29 min...TFC Sturgis freekick from 40 yards on left has Sea Hurtado head ball out of box.
30 min...TFC Yourassowsky 35 yard low blasts up middle is wide left.
30 min...Sea Rosales charges for ball on right and kick from 12 yard end line is behind net.
31 min...TFC Plata foot injury near center line.
32 min...TFC Sturgis 55 yard freekick from left has TFC Soolsma head 15 yarder over net but play whistled down.
33 min...Sea YELLOW card...Hurtado earns it for tripping TFC Yourassowsky on rush at Sea 22 yards.
34 min...TFC Stevanovic chips 22 yard freekick down middle into wall and cleared.
35 min...TFC Plata 30 yard shot pops off defender wide right for cornerkick.
35 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has ball knocked away. TFC Yourassowsky blasts 30 yard partial clearance from left low and into box but Sea defender stops it. TFC Sturgis on right gives short pass to TFC Plata who shoots low 10 yarder from right that has ball pop up off prone Fucito who had been injured earlier in the play and Sea goalie swats ball over net.
37 min...TFC Sturgis cornerkick from right has TFC Santos head ball over net on leap at 6 yards at right post.
38 min...TFC Yourassowsky can't draw card on dive at Sea 30 yards on left.
39 min...TFC Eckersley cross from 30 yards on right has TFC Plata just a step away from getting to ball at 7 yards.
41 min...TFC Soolsma draws freekick at 25 yards when he's tugged over.
42 min...TFC Sturgis 25 yard freekick from left dips onto top of netting near top left corner.
44 min...TFC Plata at left end line charges out into box and 15 yard shot is a roller into left webbing of net.
45 min...Sea Montero cross from 20 yards on right is cleared from box by defenders out left side.
46 min...Sea Montero cross from 20 yards from left is cleared from box for Sea throw-in on left.
48 min...half ends 7:58pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...There was a 7 on 7 game between players from Toronto High Park Football Club played in the center circle. The game was only about 3 1/2 minutes long and the players were probably girls and boys six years old. It was announced that 7500 lbs of food would be donated by team sponsor Purolater to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

2nd Half:...starts 8:14pm. The sun was still out in the north west but it was a bit cooler.
halftime sub:....TFC Cordon replaces TFC Sturgis.
46 min...Sea Rosales cross from 20 yards near right end line is wide left for throw-in.
46 min...TFC goalie charges to left to catch chip shot by Sea Wahl from 20 yards on left.
48 min...Sea RED card...Jhon Kennedy Hurtado earns his second Yellow card for trip on TFC Stevanovic at Sea 40 yards.
49 min...TFC Borman 40 yard freekick from right has Sea Evans head away and TFC Cordon takes 25 yard shot down middle on partial clearance is stopped at 15 yards by Sea Evans.
50 min...TFC Borman pass forward from 35 yards down left to TFC Plata but has goalie beat him to the ball.
51 min...Sea sub...Scott replaces Neagle. (a defender replaces a midfielder).
52 min...TFC Plata cross is blocked by Sea Riley for throw-in near the left cornerflag.
53 min...TFC Eckersley rolls 40 yard pass forward over end line on right.
54 min...Sea Wahl 50 yard freekick from right has ball headed away inside box by TFC Henry.
54 min...Sea Rosales cross from 30 yards on right bounces through box just step ahead of Sea Montero.
55 min...TFC Plata rolls ball along left end line through box and Sea Wahl clears on right as no TFC player ran far enough into box.
56 min...TFC Henry leading rush has retreating player Sea Alonso check him off ball at 30 yards.
57 min...TFC Yourassowsky on rush down right rolls pass forward from 40 yards to charging TFC Cordon but Sea Parke bump him off ball so it rolls for goalkick although freekick given as Cordon pushes him over.
58 min...Sea Montero cross from 30 yards on right has Sea Fucito from left take 10 yard header that lands on top of the net.
60 min...Sea goalie catches 25 yard cross from right by TFC Eckersley.
60 min...Sea Rosales cross from 30 yards on right has goalie charge left to grab bouncer.
61 min...Sea Rosales cross from 30 yards has Sea Fucito and TFC Eckersley struggle for header in box and cornerkick given on right.
62 min...Sea Rosales cornerkick from left has ball partially cleared. Sea Evans was down but but gets up for shot attempt and was injured on edge of box. TFC goalie catches his 18 yard chip.
64 min...Sea Rosales short cross from right 25 yards to Sea Montero near center but TFC Henry clears ball.
64 min...TFC YELLOW card...Yourassowsky earns it for trip up of Sea Montero at TFC 25 yards on right.
65 min...Sea Rosales 30 yard freekick from right has TFC Santos head ball away on edge of box.
68 min...Sea sub...Fernandez replaces Fucito.
69 min...Sea Montero in middle at 25 yards taps ball back and Sea Evans blasts shot that deflects off TFC Harden and ball rolls to TFC goalie.
70 min...Sea sub...Friberg replaces Evans.
70 min...TFC sub...Martina replaces Stevanovic.
72 min...TFC Borman taps pass forward to TFC Soolsma on edge of box and his 20 yard shot is blocked by defender.
73 min...Sea Rosales cornerkick from left is short and Sea Alonso low 18 yard shot is smothered by goalie in middle of net.
74 min...TFC Eckersley holds off defender to draw freekick on Sea Rosales rushing to edge of TFC box.
74 min...TFC Eckersley 50 yard cross from right has TFC Soolsma head 18 yarder that's caught by goalie.
75 min...TFC Harden heads back to goalie on leap at 30 yards and ball sailed over charging Sea Rosales.
76 min...Sea Fernandez cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Harden kick away in center of box.
76 min...TFC Santos cuts to center and 30 yard blast down middle is well over net.
77 min...TFC Martina eventual cross from 20 yards on right has TFC Santos is not able to turn 8 yard header from left end line.
78 min...TFC Plata on left rolls ball back to TFC Borman who crosses from 30 yards on left that deflects to edge of box and ball is headed away.
79 min...TFC Borman pass forward on left to TFC Plata who has shot blocked from 15 yards.
80 min...TFC Plata crosses from 15 yards on left that's blocked by sliding Sea Riley. TFC Borman gets to rebound at 18 yards on left and chips ball across box for TFC Martina who hits right goalpost from 7 yards on right when TFC Plata sends in cross from the left.
81 min...TFC Plata cornerkick from left is caught by goalie.
83 min...Sea Rosales cross from 20 yards on right end line has TFC Harden clear ball for throw-in on right.
83 min...TFC Plata long run down left and cross from 25 yards has goalie step forward to catch.
84 min...Sea Wahl 20 yard shot on left deflects off TFC Harden for cornerkick.
84 min...Sea Rosales cornerkick from left has Sea Scott pop up header on right back over to Rosales and he passes back to Sea Alonzo who shoots low 28 yard shot wide left of net.
86 min...TFC Eckersley throw-in from 16 yards on right earns Sea throw-in when TFC Martina deflects it out of box.
87 min...TFC Borman good clearance in box to break up Sea rush when Sea Fernandez runs into left side of box and rolls ball across 6 yard box.
87 min...Sea Wahl crosses ball after short throw-in from left over players in box from 15 yard line.
88 min...Sea Riley rolls pass from right sideline at 35 yards to Sea Rosales who's pushed over at 25 yards before he can turn around but wins freekick.
89 min...Sea Fredy Montero GOAL...Montero from right bends 25 yard freekick over four man wall and into short top right corner of net beyond flying goalie Stefan Frei who just got a fingertip to it.
89 min...TFC sub...Gargan replaces Yourassowsky.
90 min...TFC long cross from 50 yards on right that has TFC Plata 15 yard shot from left sent well wide right of net.
91 min...Sea players run out freekick near left end line.
92 min...TFC YELLOW card...Cordon earns it for pushing a Sea player near a TFC cornerflag.
94 min...game ends 9:03pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......0..........Seattle Sounders..........1...........

Attendance was announced as 21839 on this mild evening.

Today's referee was Yader Reyes who was the referee for the last TFC home game on June 4th against Sporting Kansas City. He gave out four Yellow cards to TFC but gave them a huge advantage when he Red carded Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado near the beginning of the second half.

Toronto was up a man for almost all the second half and still couldn't score. Javier Martina came the closest when he hit the post from 10 yards at 80 minutes.

The result certainly wasn't what I expected as almost immediately after the sending off Sounders subbed midfielder Lamar Neagle with defender Zach Scott to fill in the missing defender's spot of Hurtado. At worst I was expecting a 0-0 tie.

Toronto fans didn't get to see O'Brian White play against them today as he was out injured. He was claimed in the expansion draft by Vancouver but they traded him to Seattle later that day. Sounders were also missing midfielder Steve Zakuani due to injury. TFC was getting by without defender Dicoy Williams who was still away with the Jamaican national team at the Gold Cup plus injuries to defenders Nana Attakora and Adrian Cann and midfielders Tony Tchani and Jacob Peterson. Midfielder Gianluca Zavarise was serving a Red card suspension.

The TFC players didn't come over to the south stands to salute the crowd at the end of the game. They might have got a rude reception from all but their hardcord supporters as there were a few boobird fans around my section. TFC players vanishing when the final whistle blew was in contrast to Sounders players who came over to wave to their small group of travelling fans at the top of Section 105.

stats from MLSsoccer.com

 SEA -- Fredy Montero 3 (unassisted) 90
 TOR -- Ty Harden (caution; Goalkeeper Interference) 18
 TOR -- Danleigh Borman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 26
 SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution; Reckless Tackle) 34
 SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution; Reckless Tackle) 49
 SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (ejection; Second Caution) 49
 TOR -- Mikael Yourassowsky (caution; Reckless Foul) 65
 TOR -- Oscar Cordon (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans (Erik Friberg 71), Mauro Rosales, 
Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle (Zach Scott 52), Mike Fucito (Alvaro Fernandez 69), Fredy Montero.
Toronto FC -- Stefan Frei, Richard Eckersley, Doneil Henry, Ty Harden, Danleigh Borman, Nathan Sturgis (Oscar Cordon 46), 
Alen Stevanovic (Javier Martina 71), Mikael Yourassowsky (Dan Gargan 89), Nick Soolsma, Maicon Santos, Joao Plata.
Match Stats
Toronto FC                  Seattle Sounders FC
18        Attempts on Goal        10
 2        Shots on Target          3
10        Shots off Target         4
 6        Blocked Shots            3
 5        Corner Kicks             4
18        Fouls                   10
18        Open Play Crosses       22
 0        Offsides                 0
 4        Yellow Cards             0
 0        Red Cards                1
48        Duels Won               52
48%       Duels Won %             52%
304       Total Pass              303
70%       Passing Accuracy %      74%
49.9%     Possession              50.1%
Referee: Yader Reyes
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
Attendance: 21,839
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Sunny and 75 degrees

TFC starters

Sounders starters

Sounders Fredy Montero (17) and Brad Evans (3) wait to kickoff.

Sounders Osvaldo Alonso (6) and TFC Mikael Yourassowsky (19) jump for ball.

Players after the pushing incident in the Sounders net.

Sounders cornerkick.

TFC read to start the second half.

Sounders Fredy Montero (wrist in cast) will score on this freekick.

Sounders players salute their travelling fans. (I didn't notice TFC players going over to the South end to thank their fans after this stinker).

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