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Sounders 2, TFC 0: Postgame discussion (updated)

OK, I'm belatedly back with a game report (part me, part Associated Press, part Sounders notes):

Playing in its first road game in club history, the Sounders scored early and late in the first half Saturday, and then let their defense handle things the rest of the way for a 2-0 win over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

"We're obviously pleased," coach Sigi Schmid said. "It's our first road win in the club's history, and we're proud that we got another shutout. I can't say enough about our defensive effort, our willingness to throw bodies in front of shots and do whatever it takes to stop people from scoring. This is a tough place to play."

The win pushed the Sounders to 3-0-0 on the season, the best record in the league and the best start by an MLS expansion team.

Seattle hasn't allowed a goal over the first 270 minutes of its history, which marks the longest any MLS team has played before allowing a first goal. The previous record was 255 minutes, set in 1998 by Chicago – which went on to win the MLS Cup.

Kasey Keller has been in goal for every minute of what is now the second-longest shutout streak by a goalkeeper to start an MLS season, trailing Ronald Waterreus' 375 minutes in 2007.

Seattle's goals also had their own historic tints.

English Premiere League-import Freddie Ljungberg scored his first MLS goal in the 15th minute on a give-and-go with Nate Jaqua through the middle of the Toronto defense.

And rookie Steve Zakuani got his first professional goal in the 45th minute, finishing as a loose ball trickled through the penalty area.

The Sounders had opened the season with home victories over New York and Real Salt Lake. But they expected a tougher test in its first road game, especially with leading scorer Fredy Montero absent.

The Sounders will keep an interested eye on Columbus' visit to Chivas USA on Sunday, as Chivas can pull back even atop the Western Conference with another win.

The Sounders return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the Kansas City Wizards visit Qwest Field.

However, I'm still kind of hoping more of you will step in with some thoughts on the game:

Not a bad team that's able to lose Fredy Montero and replace him with Freddie Ljungberg, eh?

What was the key moment of the match?

How far can these guys go this season?

Also, for those of you who watched on TV: Did you choose CBC or FSC? (I watched first half on FSC and then switched to CBC for the second.)

And I still haven't heard anyone's thoughts on those all-rave-green uniforms?

Etc.

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