Result of the Saturday August 10th, 2013 MLS game between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders played at BMO Field in Toronto at 7:00pm.

Toronto FC (all red, white names and numbers)

.....................12 Joseph Bendik
27 Richard Eckersley...13 Steven Caldwell (cpt)...4 Doniel Henry...5 Ashtone Morgan
19 Reggie Lambe...21 Jonathan Osorio...20 Matias Laba...15 Bobby Convey
.............22 Jeremy Brockie...32 Andrew Wiedeman

Subs:...24 Stefan Frei (gk)...3 Jonas Elmer (def)...6 Gale Agbossoumonde (def)...10 Robert Earnshaw (fwd)...17 Justin Braun (fwd)
...23 Alvaro Rey (mid)...25 Jeremy Hall (mid)
team official:...head coach Ryan Nelsen

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

.....................24 Marcus Hahnemann
17 DeAndre Yedlin...4 Patrick Ianni...19 Djimi Traore...12 Leo Gonzalez
..........3 Brad Evans...10 Mauro Rosales (cpt)...6 Osvaldo Alonso
..........7 Eddie Johnson...9 Obafemi Martins...27 Lamar Neagle

Subs:...1 Micahel Gspurning (gk)...2 Clint Dempsey (mid)...8 Marc Burch (def)...20 Zach Scott (def)...21 Shalrie Joseph (mid)
...22 Eriq Zavaleta (fwd)...23 Servando Carrasco (mid)
team official:...head coach Sigi Schmid

Game officials:...referee Mark Geiger...referee's assistants Joe Fletcher and C J Morgante...fourth official Yusri Rudolph
...(all black uniforms)

1st Half:...game starts 7:09pm...TFC defends south end on this warm evening with a bright sun in the north west.
1 min...TFC Morgan wins a cornerkick on low cross from 25 yards on the left that deflects off defender.
1 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has nearest defender on left kick ball away from box.
1 min...TFC Osorio on left even with 22 yard line runs towards middle and eludes sliding defender and shoots ball just wide left of post from 22 yards.
3 min...SS Alonso chip from 65 yards on left has charging SS Johnson pop up header from 20 yards that goalie catches.
4 min...TFC Brockie low 25 yard shot down middle is wide right.
6 min...SS Rosales 30 yard freekick from left has defender head ball away.
8 min...TFC Morgan heads away SS Gonzalez cross from left end line at 15 yards.
10 min...TFC Convey shot from 25 yards deflects for cornerkick on left.
10 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left wins another cornerkick.
11 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has goalie punch ball away.
13 min...TFC Osorio rolls cross from 22 yards on right is through box and TFC Wiedeman slides away from net and knocks ball out of box from middle at 12 yards.
13 min...TFC goalie beats SS Martins to through ball on right.
15 min...SS Mauro Rosales GOAL...SS Obafemi Martins runs up middle and taps pass to left for SS Brad Evans who chips from 25 yards on left over to wide right where charging SS Eddie Johnson heads ball from 8 yards on the right across the box and Rosales 6 yard kick from left bounces midair shot under goalie charging over from guarding right post and ball bounces into left corner of net.
19 min...TFC Brockie cross from 25 yards on left has both goalie and sliding TFC Wiedeman miss but ball bounces along 8 yard line and out other side.
21 min...SS Rosales crosses from 30 yards on right that SS Martins twists header from 15 yards on right across box and out left side.
22 min...SS YELLOW card...Johnson earns it for diving at TFC 25 yards as he cut to middle from left and TFC Henry came out to check him.
23 min...TFC Wiedeman blasts low 30 yard shot from right through crwod of players and into outside webbing of net.
24 min...TFC Osorio 25 yard freekick from left is caught by goalie near left post.
27 min...SS Yedlin long run down right wing and rolls 30 yard cross that TFC Caldwell clears from middle of box.
28 min...SS Martins kick is blocked and SS Neagle follow up blast from 30 yards is well high and right of net. SS Martins is injured on sliding tackle by TFC Henry and needs treatment on his leg.
32 min...SS Martins is still injured off ball near center line and slumps over until replaced.
33 min...TFC Morgan wins cornerkick on deflection off SS Yedlin at 12 yards on far left.
33 min...SS sub...Dempsey replaces injured Martins to loud chorus of boos.
33 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has defender head away ball from 6 yard box.
34 min...TFC Wiedeman wins cornerkick on blocked deflection of 15 yard cross from left off SS Yedlin.
34 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has goalie catch in crowd of players.
35 min...SS Dempsey gets pass on right from SS Johnson on 3 on 2 rush but is pushed over by TFC Morgan and falls at 10 yards without getting away shot.
36 min...TFC Convey 28 yard freekick near right end line has defender head away from 10 yards on right.
38 min...SS Ianni defender heads ball safely back to goalie on left just inside box to beat TFC Wiedeman to ball.
39 min...SS (Doneil Henry own goal) GOAL...SS Lamar Neagle rushes on left and shakes off TFC Richard Eckersley who falls and rolls ball across box from 20 yards on left which deflects off heel of TFC Doneil Henry at 7 yards who put his leg out to prevent pass to SS Eddie Johnson and rolls into into right corner of net as SS Mauro Rosales kicks at it from 4 yards and misses and goalie sprawls but it's out of reach.
40 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left is over box and play is whistled down.
42 min...TFC Laba steals ball off SS player at SS 30 yards and rolls pass forward through crowd of players and TFC Brockie spins and shoots 15 yarder down middle wide left of net.
43 min...TFC Henry pushes down SS Dempsey as he jumps for header on edge of box and gives away freekick.
44 min...SS Dempsey 20 yard freekick tips over net off head of TFC Caldwell in player wall.
44 min...SS Rosales cornerkick from left has defender head ball down on left side of box. SS Rosales receives short pass and crosses from 20 yards on left and defender leaps to head through box from 12 yards over to right and SS Neagle chases ball down and crosses from 30 yards on right over players in box and out for throw-in.
45 min...TFC Lambe cross from 28 yards on right is well over box but TFC Convey saves ball near left cornerflag and passes out where TFC Osorio 25 yard shot is deflected off defender for throw-in on left.
47 min...TFC goalie rushes to right edge of box to catch bouncer.
48 min...half ends 7:57pm.

Halftime Entertainment:...The video board which was having some technical problems with part of the screen burnt out showed TFC players replacing amateur coaches for kids soccer practices. There was also enough time to have another three minute game between kids from the Toronto High Park soccer team in the center circle. All kids were probably under age seven. There was no holding their positions except for the goalies with all the kids chasing the ball. Host Rachel once again interviewed a play right in the middle of the game. At least this time they had a more appropriate song then the Benny Hill theme--it was "Love Generation" by Bob Sinclair or most of us know it from a lottery commercial.

2nd Half:...half starts 8:12pm.
45 min...TFC Jonathan Osorio GOAL...TFC Andrew Wiedeman runs down left wing and sends low cross from 18 yards on left that TFC Reggie Lambe steps over while pressured by defender at 6 yards on left post and Osorio stops ball rounds sliding SS Osvaldo Alonso and gets away 6 yard shot that deflects under sprawling goalie at 3 yards and SS Leo Gonzalez jumps and scissor kicks on right post to clear but assistant referee Joe Fletcher signalled that the ball had already crossed the goal line.
46 min...TFC Convey has TFC Laba 30 yard cross from right sail over his head on left side of box at 15 yards.
47 min...SS Dempsey in middle passes right to SS Rosales and his cross from 22 yards from right is caught by goalie stepping forward.
48 min...SS defender slides to keep TFC Osorio from ball at edge of SS box on left.
48 min...TFC Convey is stripped of ball by defender poking away ball before he can get away shot.
50 min...TFC Brockie 22 yard shot down middle is blocked on edge of box by defender.
51 min...SS Rosales cross from 25 yards on right has TFC Henry head ball away from 18 yards on right for throw-in.
53 min...SS Rosales 40 yard freekick from left has defender head ball away. SS Neagle is passed the partial clearance and his 25 yard shot is well over net.
55 min...TFC sub...Earnshaw replaces Wiedeman.
55 min...TFC Osorio 33 yard freekick from left has SS Neagle at 12 yards on right head ball high and wide right of own net.
56 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right is over players in box. TFC Earnshaw crosses back from sideline and SS Yedlin heads ball away from middle of box.
56 min...TFC Convey cross from 30 yards on right has TFC Osorio fly to head 12 yarder but wide left of post.
58 min...SS Rosales cornerkick from right has ball bounced down on header and goalie catches on bounce near left post.
59 min...TFC Brockie at 28 yards taps back ball in middle and Earnshaw blasts furns forward and blasts 22 yard low shot up middle that hits the right post and is cleared by defender.
59 min...TFC Rosales cornerkick from left has TFC Caldwell jump and head ball away on edge of 6 yard box.
60 min...SS Traore pokes ball from TFC Lambe on run up to left edge of box.
60 min...TFC Morgan wins cornerkick on poke by SS Rosales on left edge of box.
61 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has nearest defender on left head ball away. TFC Laba can't get to TFC Convey high cross from 30 yards over to left end line.
62 min...TFC Eckersley rolls ball across box from 22 yards on right and sliding TFC Lambe is kept away by SS Ianni at 6 yards and goalie misses on dive. TFC Earnshaw charges in for shot from 6 yards on left deflects off SS Yedlin and wins cornerkick.
62 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left has defender on left head ball out of box.
64 min...TFC Eckersley is checked off ball in box after long run up right.
64 min...TFC Lambe long run on left and rolls ball across 6 yard box with no TFC players in box and SS Gonzalez concedes cornerkick on right almost pushing ball into own net.
65 min...TFC Convey cornerkick from right has goalie catch.
66 min...SS goalie smothers ball before TFC Brockie can get to it down middle.
67 min...TFC Convey on run on right has SS Rosales poke ball away on edge of box.
69 min...SS Dempsey turns on two TFC players in middle at 40 yards and has short run and takes 22 yard shot that the diving goalie pushes ball wide right.
69 min...SS Rosales cornerkick from right has TFC Eckersley head ball away in crowd of players on right.
70 min...TFC sub...Rey replaces Lambe.
71 min...SS sub...Joseph replaces Rosales. Alonso takes the captain's armband.
73 min...TFC Earnshaw cross from 25 yards on left is cleared by unchallenged SS Neagle on right side of box.
74 min...SS YELLOW card...Joseph earns it for tapping away a TFC freekick to stall for time.
76 min...SS Dempsey has 30 yard roller stopped on edge of box after SS Joseph passed the ball forward.
77 min...TFC Osorio gets returns on 35 yard freekick tapped kick from right and crosses into box that has goalie at 6 yards punch ball forward over TFC Henry.
78 min...TFC Eckerlsley low cross from 30 yards on right deflects off defender and goalie picks up right of net.
79 min...SS Yedlin cross chip from 30 yards on right is caught by goalie near left post.
80 min...SS player's low cross from 20 yards on right after rush and pass play has TFC Caldwell kick away ball at 6 yards in middle of box.
83 min...SS Dempsey shot down middle is tipped off TFC Caldwell at 25 yards for throw-in on left.
84 min...TFC Earnshaw low 23 yard shot under defender has goalie smother on right side.
85 min...SS Dempsey pushes pass too far for SS Johnson and goalie picks up.
85 min...SS Dempsey 22 yard shot is blocked by TFC Eckersley off chest or arm at 15 yards but play continues.
86 min...SS Neagle 22 yard shot tips off TFC Henry at 18 yards and is over net for cornerkick.
87 min...SS player's cornerkick from right has SS Johnson at 6 yards on right head ball that bounces wide left of post.
88 min...SS sub...Burch replaces Evans.
88 min...TFC sub...Braun replaces Eckersley.
91 min...TFC Braun rush down right and but pushes ball behind end line.
91 min...TFC Osorio blasts 30 yard shot through players in middle and shot is high and wide right.
92 min...TFC Rey at 45 yards on left chips long pass to TFC Brockie who is well behind defenders and he turns and shoots low 8 yard shot that sliding goalie blocks point blank at 6 yards and ball deflects well wide left for a cornerkick.
93 min...TFC Osorio cornerkick from left is popped around on headers and cleared.
93 min...game ends 9:00pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto FC......1..........Seattle Sounders...........2........

Attendance was announced as 18766. This was slightly better than the TFC vs AS Roma game in the middle of the week. This game had more empty seats among the season ticket holders rather than the game day sales in the corners. The visitors section (Section 104) was filled with Sounders fans (even more than the Impact fans from their midweek visit to Toronto).

Man of the Match (who is always a TFC player) was announced as Jonathan Osorio. I agree with this as he did score the TFC goal and was threatening the whole game.

A battle of leading Rookie of the Year candidates took place tonight with Osorio scoring his 5th goal of the season to help his cause. Sounders defender De Andre Yedlin is also a strong candidate and had a good game but as a defender he is always in the background and it will be hard for him to win. Tonight he made no mistakes.

This game featured the unexpected debut of the USA team captain Clint Dempsey who surprised the world of soccer by signing with the MLS last week after years in the English Premier League. The MLS paid his transfer fee to buy him off Tottenham. It was unexpected as it was announced just days ago he had a virus and would miss the game or be a late substitute but was the first sub of the night at only 33 minutes because of an injury to Obafemi Martins. He came into the game to loud boos and chants of "Toronto reject" as it was revealed that TFC was in the running for his services except that the league wanted the American captain in a US city so they supposedly stepped aside. He had good dribbling and passing skills and made the defenders block a few shots and the goalie saved one.

TFC jumped for their goal right after the start of the second half and had plenty of chances to tie the rest of the way. Sounders missed their chances to put the game out of reach. The TFC 'own goal' turned out to be the difference but otherwise they played well defensively. TFC wasted lots of opportunities in the offensive end with unforced errors.

TFC Jeremy Brockie had the most chances and misses. He's leaving at the end of the month from his time 'on loan' back to the Australian League. I have noticed in the last month there was no team talk on offering him an extension or signing him like they did with Robert Earnshaw. He's only scored one goal this season in thirteen games.

Sounders goalie Marcus Hahnemann didn't look too good as he was beaten a few times and lucky to have a post, a few defenders, and some poor TFC shooting help him out.

Sounders are a good team but are on the margins of the Western Conference playoff race because of a slow start and they've played less games then other teams and have had injury problems. Their record away from their home stadium with its huge crowds and artificial turf is now 4 wins, 6 losses, 1 tie.

Sounder forward Eddie Johnson scored the first MLS goal at this stadium back in 2007 when Kansas City Wizards beat TFC in their home opener 1-0.

stats from MLSsoccer.com

Major Events

Scoring Summary 

SEA – Mauro Rosales 16’ (Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans)
SEA – Doneil Henry 40’ (own goal)
TFC – Jonathan Osorio 46’ (Andrew Wiedeman)    

Misconduct Summary
SEA – Eddie Johnson    23’ Dive           YELLOW
SEA – Shalrie Joseph   75’ Time wasting   YELLOW



Match Info
Referee: Mark Geiger

Match Stats

Toronto FC                     Seattle Sounders FC
 12   Attempts on Goal                   13 
  3   Shots on Target                     2 
  7   Shots off Target                    5 
  2   Blocked Shots                       6 
 11   Corner Kicks                        5 
 11   Fouls                              15 
 21   Open Play Crosses                  19 
  2   Offsides                            4 
  0   First Yellow Cards                  2 
  0   Second Yellow Cards                 0 
  0   Red Cards                           0 
 55   Duels Won                          59 
 48%  Duels Won %                        51% 
402   Total Pass                        438 
 81%  Passing Accuracy %                 82% 
 48%  Possession                         52% 


Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; 
Richard Eckersley (Justin Braun 89’), Steven Caldwell ©, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan; 
Reggie Lambe (Alvaro Rey 71’), Jonathan Osorio, Matias Laba, Bobby Convey; 
Jeremy Brockie, Andrew Wiedeman (Robert Earnshaw 56’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jonas Elmer, Jeremy Hall

Seattle Sounders FC – Marcus Hahnemann; 
Patrick Ianni, Djimi Traore, DeAndre Yedlin, Leonardo Gonzalez; 
Osvaldo Alonso, Mauro Rosales (Shalrie Joseph 72’), Brad Evans (Marc Burch 89’), Lamar Neagle; 
Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey 34’), Eddie Johnson

Subsitutes Not Used: Michael Gspurning, Eriq Zavaleta, Servando Carrasco, Zach Scott

TFC starters

Sounders starters

Sounders Eddie Johnson (7) and Obafemi Martins (9) take opening kickoff.

TFC Matias Laba (20) and Sounders Eddie Johnson (7) battle for ball.

TFC Reggie Lambe (19) charges for ball.

TFC Richard Eckersley (27) waits for ball.

TFC Jonathan Osorio (21) taps back pass.

Sounders Clint Dempsey (2) takes freekick.

TFC Andrew Wiedeman (32) and Jeremy Brockie (22) take second half kickoff.

TFC Jonathan Osorio (21) takes freekick.

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