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Sounders face first road test in Toronto at 1 p.m.

OK, let's see, where were we...

Oh yes, soccer. And pretty interesting soccer, too.

The Sounders are in Toronto for their first road test, and it's about the loudest -- OK, now second-loudest -- venue in MLS.

That, in fact, is the main thrust of my Saturday preview story: Toronto's fears that Seattle has passed them as the home of the most passionate fans in the league.

However, the match on the pitch should be pretty interesting too. Toronto's Dwayne DeRosario is one of my favorite players in the league to watch. Early shares of first place in their respective divisions are on the line for both teams.

And, of course, the questions of how the Sounders will fare without Fredy Montero, and the companion question of who will start in his place, and the added question of how much playing time Freddie Ljungberg will get in his second Sounders appearance.

All of it gets answered at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, a quick look ahead:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2-0-0; 6 pts.)

AT TORONTO FC (1-0-1; 4)

1 p.m. Saturday, BMO Field (20,000/FieldTurf); Toronto.


Radio: 710 AM, 97.3 FM, and in Spanish on 1210 AM.

Other meetings: This is the first meeting. Toronto will make its visit to Seattle at 1 p.m. Aug. 29.

Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: "Toronto obviously has improved over last year with the addition of (midfielder Dwayne) DeRosario. That's a big addition for them. Midfielder Amando Guevara joined the team last season and they have more understanding of each other now. The addition of Pablo Vitti gives them more depth up front. They acquired a lot of pieces last year – Guevara, forward Chad Barrett -- and now those pieces have had a chance to go through preseason together. They play a 4-4-2, but DeRosario doesn't play like a regular striker – he floats around a bit more. Guevara has a lot of freedom in the offensive midfield. The four defenders are very structured in their approach."

Notes: MLS leading scorer Fredy Montero did not travel due to illness. Schmid will name his replacement an hour before game time. Forward Sanna Nyassi (hamstring) is probable. For Toronto, forward O'Brian White (knee) is out; defender Nana Attakora-Gyan (hip) and goalkeeper Stefan Frei (hip) are questionable. … Sounders midfielders Freddie Ljungberg and Nate Sturgis returned to action last week and could see increased time today. … Seattle is the lone MLS team that has not allowed a goal. … The weather forecast calls for rain, snow showers and wind with a high temperature around 42 degrees.

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