Here's are the video highlights.
The Sounders -- now 2-2-2 -- will return home with 5,000 miles and two disappointing results behind them.
The unusual lineup did a great job of connecting passes together, and building those passes into chances -- if style points were schooners the Sounders could sail home. But finishing proved as elusive as ever. And that gave them no margin for error.
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And unfortunately there were two massive errors on the back end -- one by Osvaldo Alonso, one by Tyrone Marshall -- and Toronto turned those into the only goals of the game.
The Alonso error was not only particularly crushing -- it was the game-winner -- but particularly cruel: For my money, Alonso has been the Sounders' top player this season and a clear MLS Best XI candidate.
The Sounders have eight points in six games ... just under the 1.5-point-per-game standard that Sigi Schmid points to as the safe zone for the playoffs. They have played three at home and three away. They still look to me like a team with MLS Cup potential, but one not yet breaking through to that potential.
Next up: Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Qwest Field.
I'll be back with notes and quotes and stats. But here are the basics:
Scoring Summary:TOR - De Rosario 58TOR - White (De Rosario) 76 Toronto FC: Stefan Frei, Maksim Usanov, Raivis Hscanovics, Adrian Cann, Nana Attakora, Julian de Guzman, Martin Saric, Nick LaBrocca (Sam Cronin 74), Dwayne De Rosario (Gabe Gala 79), Chad Barrett (Dan Gargan 62), O'Brian White. Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Nick Garcia, Ty Harden, Jacob Peterson.TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4. Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller, James Riley (David Estrada 79), Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall, Tyson Wahl, Sanna Nyassi (Steve Zakuani 60), Osvaldo Alonso, Peter Vagenas, Nathan Sturgis (Fredy Montero 71), Brad Evans, Freddie Ljungberg. Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez. TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1. Misconduct Summary:TOR - Martin Saric 14TOR - Maksim Usanov 17TOR - Adrian Cann 52 Referee: Jorge GonzalezReferee's Assistants: Nate Clement; Craig Lowry4th Official: Silviu PetrescuAttendance: 18,394Time of Game: 1:50Weather: Rainy
Final: Toronto 2, Sounders 0.
75th minute: Sounders continue to make life hard on themselves. This time it was a brutal Tyrone Marshall mis-hit at midfield that set up a Toronto break in the other direction, this time with De Rosario crossing to White, who finished strong. Toronto up, 2-0 ... and a one-point trip looms.
56th minute: A rare Osvaldo Alonso error at the top of the penalty area allowed Dwayne De Rosario to put Toronto ahead, 1-0. The play began on what briefly seemed to be a break for the Sounders, as a Toronto pass was deflected by the ref. However, it dribbled to Alonso's foot, but he misplayed it, it dribbled between his feet and got behind him, where De Rosario swooped in.
Halftime: Scoreless, although Seattle seems to have had the better run of play, but Ljungberg, Ianni and Evans all missed nice chances.
Sounders have five shots to two by Toronto, although only the Reds have put one on goal.
And, wow, that's a lot of empty seats at BMO today. ... Weather, I suppose, because most of those seats are sold.
8th minute: Good grief, it looked like Ljungberg stepped on a land mine? Did the defender really get ball?
Kickoff: Very interesting lineup with Keller in goal, but no Montero. Up top are Ljungberg and Evans. The midfield is Sturgis, Alonso, Vagenas and Nyassi (!); and the back is Wahl, Marshall, Ianni and Riley.
What is this, Open Cup?
Pregame: Sounders-at-Toronto kicks off at 11 a.m. on KING 5.
Looks like really nasty weather ... which probably does no favor for the Sounders, as the presumably better team.
I'll grab my laptop and update while watching along with you. Good discussion during the Dallas game, and I hope we can get more today. I'll keep this post open all day for in-game and post-game comments.