2010 Apr 25

Sounders FC lose in Toronto on defensive mistakes, fail to capitalize on multiple goal scoring chances

Toronto FC  2 - 0  Seattle Sounders FC

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

58' TOR: Dwayne De Rosario
76' TOR: O'Brian White (Dwayne De Rosario)

Toronto: Stefan Frei; Maksim Usanov, Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann, Raivis Hscanovics; Nick LaBrocca (Sam Cronin 74'), Martin Saric, Julian de Guzman, O'Brian White; Dwayne De Rosario (Gabe Gala 79'), Chad Barrett (Dan Gargan 62'). Substitutes not used: Jon Conway, Nick Garcia, Ty Harden, Jacob Peterson.

Seattle: Kasey Keller; Tyson Wahl, Tyrone Marshall, Patrick Ianni, James Riley (David Estrada 78'); Nathan Sturgis (Fredy Montero 71'), Osvaldo Alonso, Peter Vagenas, Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani 60'); Brad Evans, Freddie Ljungberg. Substitutes not used: Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez.

Match report from Sounders FC:

Seattle Sounders FC allowed two second half goals and fell 2-0 to Toronto FC on the second leg of a two-match road trip on a rainy Sunday afternoon at BMO Field.

Seattle Sounders FC (2-2-2, 8 points) are in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference after the first five games while Toronto FC (2-3-0, 6 points) won its second of the season at home.

Dwayne De Rosario scored the game-winner in the 58th minute. After a Toronto cross hit the referee, De Rosario dispossessed Osvaldo Alonso at the top of the box and fired a shot into the side netting of the far post.

De Rosario scored the first five Toronto FC goals this season.

With two shutouts last season, it was also the first time Sounders FC allowed a goal by Toronto FC.

De Rosario also figured in the second Toronto FC goal. In the 76th minute, After Tyrone Marshall gave the ball away with a bad pass in midfield, De Rosario's cross found O'Brian White who finished a left-footed shot into the center of the net.

It was the first time Sounders FC conceded multiple goals in consecutive games.

Kasey Keller, who started Sunday's match despite suffering a head injury four days ago, was tested early on a shot by White. White fired from just inside the 18-yard box but the diving Keller deflected the ball wide for a Toronto FC corner.

Steve Zakuani entered the match in the 60th minute for Sanna Nyassi. On his first touch, Zakuani played a ball through the Toronto FC defense to Brad Evans who fired a one-time shot on goal that was deflected out of bounds by the keeper.

Another second half substitute, Fredy Montero, blasted a shot from close distance in the 83rd minute but it was deflected away by Stefan Frei for a corner.

Seattle had the advantage in total shots, 11-5, and shots on goal, 4-3.

With two road games in four days, head coach Sigi Schmid shuffled the starting lineup, making six personnel changes from Thursday. Seattle has had a different starting XI every game this season.

Four Sounders FC players earned their first start of the season on Sunday: Patrick Ianni, Sanna Nyassi, Nathan Sturgis and Tyson Wahl.

Brad Evans started up top with Freddie Ljungberg, marking the first time Evans started at forward for Seattle.

          TOR  SEA
Shots:      5   11
Saves:      4    1
Corners:    5    7
Fouls:     13    7
Offsides:   0    2

14' TOR: Saric cautioned for a reckless tackle
17' TOR: Usanov cautioned for a reckless tackle
41' SEA: Nyassi cautioned for failing to give 10 yards on a free kick
52' TOR: Cann cautioned for a reckless tackle

Referees: Jorge Gonzalez; Nate Clement, Craig Lowry; Silviu Petrescu

Attendance: 18,394

Postmatch Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC

Sigi Schmid - Head Coach

"I thought we played well in the first half I thought we had more of the game, I thought we created some good chances. We had Evans' chance in the first half, we had Sturgis in, in the second half we had Evans in as well, he probably makes a great save late in the game. I was not displeased with the guys who played. I thought we were doing alright and were pretty comfortable and then we made a mistake at the back and that was a shot of adrenaline for Toronto and we made another mistake and then after that, Toronto dominated the game for the last 20 minutes."

About de Guzman's play: "I mean Julian's a good player, he knows how to control the ball, and they played differently with him playing on the outside tucking in. But as I said I thought he played well and did some good things - until the goal came - in the first 65 minutes so for the first 65 minutes we weren't too concerned."

Steve Zakuani

On what he thought the difference was today: "We just gave up two bad goals. We had enough chances to score maybe 3 or 4, maybe 5, and then we just made too many mistakes and they punished us. I don't think they were two goals better than us, we just made two mistakes and they scored."

Freddie Ljungberg

"I think this was the best we played all year, we played amazing, especially the first half. Like we said in here we all played very, very well. Sometimes unfortunately you make mistakes and we did two personal mistakes, it happens to everybody but it killed the game for us and that's how they won the game. When you give up mistakes like that you get punished."

On rotating lineup: "It's of course strange and a new experience for my career, but I can talk about today and I think we played amazingly well, we played a good passing game and we got criticized a little bit by fans at home and in general that we weren't playing that well. But today I was impressed by the guys and how we played and all the credit for that and that's why it's so hard to take why we didn't get all the points."

Toronto FC

Preki - Head Coach

"Absolutely happy with the effort, I thought the whole group worked real hard today. I thought first half we were pretty decent and at the moment I can see the best football we've had so far this year. I think that we want to do that every day in training and every game if we can. Obviously second half I wasn't really happy the way we started the second half, we gave Seattle a chance and Stefan made two important saves for us to keep us in. Dwayne makes a good play on a goal and after we get a second on a good breakaway and at times in the second half we played some good football."

On what his approach is for the upcoming Nutrilite game: "It's an important game, our approach is we've got to go and win the game. That's our approach every game. Friendlies, league games, CONCACAF games, all games are the same when we step on the field. It's all about commitment to be there for a result."

Stefan Frei

On if the team is better organized at the back: "Yeah, it's getting a little bit better. I couldn't really help them much today with my voice but I feel we're organized pretty well. The first half they picked the holes between our guys to make their runs in and I think the guys are communicating better. I think one thing that has changed that is great is that their air balls that they're getting - everything that they throw at us I think we're getting it and putting it away so it's not laying in front of our goal and that helps a lot."

Julian de Guzman

On if he was feeling more confident: "I felt a lot more confident, I mean I think everyone felt a lot more confident. Coming off of an unfortunate result against Colorado - apart from a few little mistakes I think everyone was able to gel and we spent an entire week going over a couple of things going into Seattle and we were able to demonstrate that this was our best performance of the season."