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Morning after: Sounders loss, Dempsey, refs, Impact

Four points following the Sounders' 2-1 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday:

1.) One controversy that could linger into the week ahead was Sounders DP Clint Dempsey seeming to slap Toronto defender Mark Bloom in, well, we're using the phrase "below the belt." News Tribune columnist John McGrath took this look at the incident.

2.) The Sounders have opened the season with back-to-back club records of 25 fouls suffered. We asked Brad Evans about that after the match, and he said he doesn't believe the replacement refs have anything to do with that.

3.) Each week tells us more about the quality of the clubs this early in the season. Even a struggling home win against defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City seemed an encouraging enough way to open. Now that the Sounders have followed it with a home loss -- and SKC remained winless with a draw to Dallas -- well, maybe the assessment turns a bit darker. Unless Dallas and Toronto are really good. Which they may be. Time will tell.

4.) And it will start telling more this week. The Sounders are about to hit the road -- which is never easy. But they still need a result against Montreal, which projected as one of the few teams that doesn't return notably improved from 2013 and so far has lived down to that with its 0-2 start.