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Seattle Sounders FC
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Toronto FC
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Saturday, March 15, 20144:30 PM
CenturyLink Field MLS Regular SeasonNBCSN,TSN,RDS2,Q13 FOXAttendance: 38441

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 68'SEAClint Dempsey
  • Obafemi Martins
  • Lamar Neagle
 24'TORJermain Defoe 
 17'TORJermain Defoe
  • Jonathan Osorio
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 83'TOR Julio CésarNot visible
 78'TOR Justin MorrowFoul
 70'SEA Osvaldo AlonsoFoul
 63'TOR Álvaro ReyFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+3'TOR
Ashtone Morgan (D)
Jackson (M)
 79'SEA
Chad Barrett (F)
Lamar Neagle (M)
 65'TOR
Bradley Orr (D)
Álvaro Rey (M)
 64'SEA
Kenny Cooper (F)
Marco Pappa (M)
 63'TOR
Andrew Wiedeman (F)
Dwayne De Rosario (F)
 29'SEA
Gonzalo Pineda (M)
Brad Evans (M)

Starting Formations

24Frei17Yedlin14Marshall18Traore15Remick6Alonso3Evans27Neagle2Dempsey10Pappa9MartinsM133819451330Julio César28Bloom15Henry13Caldwell2Morrow23Rey21Osorio4Bradley11Jackson18Defoe14De RosarioM163233125178RAA4

Lineups

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Seattle Sounders FC
24GStefan Frei
17DDeAndre Yedlin
14DChad Marshall
18DDjimi Traore
15DDylan Remick
6MOsvaldo Alonso
3MBrad Evans
27MLamar Neagle
2MClint Dempsey
10MMarco Pappa
9FObafemi Martins
Toronto FC
30GJulio César
28DMark Bloom
15DDoneil Henry
13DSteven Caldwell
2DJustin Morrow
23MÁlvaro Rey
21MJonathan Osorio
4MMichael Bradley
11MJackson
18FJermain Defoe
14FDwayne De Rosario
Bench
1Marcus Hahnemann
33Kenny Cooper
8Gonzalo Pineda
19Chad Barrett
4Jalil Anibaba
5Andy Rose
13Sean Okoli
 
16Bradley Orr
32Andrew Wiedeman
33Ryan Richter
12Joe Bendik
5Ashtone Morgan
17Nick Hagglund
8Kyle Bekker
Managers
  Siegfried Schmid
 
  Ryan Nelsen
OFFICIALS

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RefereeIoannis Stravrides  
Assistant RefereeKyle Longville  
Assistant RefereeAndrew Bigelow  
Fourth OfficialBernard Hosu  
Saturday, March 15, 2014
4:30 PM
CenturyLink Field
NBCSN,TSN,RDS2,Q13 FOX

SEATTLE – The headlining act may have been Clint Dempsey vs. Michael Bradley, but it was Jermain Defoe who stole the show in his Major League Soccer debut.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker scored a pair of first-half goals to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1 win in their season opener Saturday over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Dempsey did score a goal of his own, but the Sounders’ rally fell short despite a dominating second half.

Defoe wasted little time opening his MLS account, staking TFC to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. Taking advantage of a little bit of confusion – Brad Evans had just re-entered the field after having an injury addressed – Jonathan Osorio sprung Defoe with a slick through ball. Defoe took one touch before rifling a low shot from about 16 yards that easily beat Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

The match, which had been slightly tilted toward the Sounders at that point, took a decided turn. TFC turned the advantage into another goal in the 24th minute. With Bradley applying midfield pressure, Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa sent a loose pass toward his own goal to no one in particular. Defoe was the first to get there and unleashed a virtually uncontested shot from about 20 yards out just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.

Defoe’s goals gave TFC a lead in their regular-season opener for just the second time in team history. It was also the franchise’s second win in an opener.

TFC looked poised to run away at one point, when just three minutes after Defoe’s second goal, Alvaro Rey got a good look from about 14 yards out. But Frei was able to make a leaping save on the shot bound for the far upper corner.

Although the Sounders defense eventually settled down, they were never able to really threaten Toronto FC’s goal until after halftime.

Lamar Neagle was able to get behind the defense in the 52nd minute on a long pass from Osvaldo Alonso but was whistled for a foul as he and Mark Bloom tangled for the ball inside the area. In the 53rd minute, TFC ‘keeper Julio Cesar kick saved a dangerous left-footed shot by Obafemi Martins.

Martins got another good look in the 60th minute, taking a back-heeled pass from Pappa at the top the penalty area and taking a shot from about 12 yards out that Steven Caldwell blocked before it could get to the goal.

The Sounders finally made their hard work pay off in the 67th minute. Neagle won a ball at midfield, pushed it ahead to a charging Martins on the right flank. Martins eventually found Dempsey at the top of the penalty area, who used his first touch to free him from a defender and pound his shot inside the near post to make it 2-1.

But TFC were able to hold on in the waning minutes to record just their second win over the Sounders in franchise history and first at CenturyLink.

Seattle return to action next Saturday at the Montreal Impact, while Toronto have their home opener the same day against D.C. United. 

 

MEN OF THE MATCH

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Jermaine Defoe The former Tottenham striker didn't disappoint in his debut witha  first-half brace
2 Michael Bradley He did the dirty work in the center of the park and looked dangerous going forward
3 Clint Dempsey Maybe Deuce is back; he got a much-needed goal and was all over the attacking third