Seattle Sounders defeat Toronto FC 2-1
Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey (left) holds off Toronto FC 's Bobby Convey during second half MLS action in Toronto on Saturday August 10, 2013. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Saturday, August 10, 2013 10:05PM EDT
TORONTO -- Two first half goals were enough Saturday as the Seattle Sounders hung on to beat Toronto FC 2-1 in MLS action.
Seattle (10-7-4) had goals in the first half by Mauro Rosales and an own goal by Toronto defender Doneil Henry.
Jonathan Osorio's fifth goal of the season early in the second half was the lone goal for Toronto (4-11-8).
The game marked the Sounders debut for star American forward Clint Dempsey.
Seattle's opening goal came in the 16th minute as they took advantage of some slack Toronto marking.
Eddie Johnson ran onto a cross from the left side and headed the ball across goal where there were three green Seattle shirts waiting with no Toronto players in sight. Rosales had ample time to chase the ball, get his left foot on it and angle a shot past Joe Bendik.
Dempsey was called in with 11 minutes remaining in the first half after starting forward Obafemi Martins was taken off following a thunderous tackle by Henry.
Dempsey, a former Fulham and Tottenham player, got his first touch a few minutes later in front of the Toronto goal, but defender Ashtone Morgan took him off the ball.
Seattle doubled its advantage with five minutes remaining in the half when Lamar Neagle fed a cross in from the left side. Henry took a stab at the ball with his left foot but could only redirect the ball towards his own goal. With Bendik wrong-footed, the ball rolled slowly into the goal.
Toronto roared out of the gates to open the second half. Osorio got TFC back in it when he converted a quick passing play seconds after the opening.
After controlling a ball from the left side, Osorio had the presence of mind to round a defender and hit a left-footed shot just over the line before it was cleared by a Seattle defender.
Toronto continued to push and controlled much of the latter period of the game but the closest TFC would come was in the 60th minute when substitute Robert Earnshaw had a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area come back off the post.
Toronto's Jeremy Brockie was played in alone in the dying seconds but he had his back to the goal and couldn't turn to convert the opportunity.
It was likely Brockie's last game in Toronto as his loan deal from the Wellington Phoenix of the Australian A-League is about to end.