The match against Toronto FC had flashes of brilliance, but once the two goal lead came about the pressure the Reds applied mounted. Possession would go from a relatively one-sided affair to relatively even chunks of time when both teams were dominant.
Seattle's passing structure emphasized the creative play on the right from Mauro Rosales and DeAndre Yedlin. Central midfielders would provide them help. Goal the first came from play in the middle, with Rosales finishing from the left side of the net. The second goal was also from action on the left.
With two more matches left on the weekend Seattle Sounders FC now sit in an MLS Cup Playoff position. They could just slip out depending on those results.
It's three points from victory and now a run of three straight wins. Sounders FC have the league's 4th best record over the last 10 matches. And Clint Dempsey.
Seattle Sounders FC - Marcus Hahnemann, DeAndre Yedlin, Patrick Ianni, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales (Shalrie Joseph 72), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans (Marc Burch 89), Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey 34), Eddie Johnson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Dempsey 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Dempsey, Rosales 1); FOULS: 15 (Alonso, Rosales 3); OFFSIDE: 4 (Johnson 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Rosales 4); SAVES: 2 (Hahnemann 2).
Toronto FC - Joseph Bendik, Richard Eckersley (Justin Braun 89), Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Jonathan Osorio, Reggie Lambe (Alvaro Rey 71), Matias Laba, Bobby Convey, Jeremy Brockie, Andrew Wiedeman (Robert Earnshaw 56).
Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Frei, Jonas Elmer, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jeremy Hall.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Osorio 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 players, 1); FOULS: 11 (3 players, 2); OFFSIDE: 2 (Brockie, Convey 1); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Osorio 9); SAVES: 1 (Frey 1).
SEA - Eddie Johnson (caution) 23'
SEA - Shalrie Joseph (caution) 75'
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee's Assistants: Joe Fletcher, C.J. Morgante
4th Official: Yusri Rudolph
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Sunny and 70 degrees
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Sigi Schmid - Head Coach, Seattle Sounders FC
What did you think of Clint Dempsey?
I think Clint did well. Obviously he hasn't played in a game in two and half a weeks or so, so once you get your rhythm back it will make a big difference. His understanding of our players and our guys is something that will grow as well. We ended up having to bring him in a little sooner than expected but I was happy with him.
Did you think he (Clint Dempsey) was 60 minutes fit?
We told him when he went in that the timing when it happened it was such that I didn't want to bring someone else on because then I would have to make another sub. I just told Clint to manage his way through those 15 minutes, you didn't really get a proper warm-up, make sure you don't pull anything and then right away he ended up having to make that 70 yard run where he gets in almost with Eddie (Johnson). But he managed his way through, he's a veteran player and then he was fine for the second half.
Considering he only had a couple training sessions with the team how do you think he did with the group?
I thought he did alright and I think it's going to get better.
Is the number one goalkeeper position up for grabs?
No, we just think that Marcus (Hahnemann) has had two full weeks of training and Michael (Gspurning) has really only had one week of training and we felt that Marcus did alright last week so we wanted to come with him again and we wanted Michael to get another week of training in.
Clint Dempsey - Forward, Seattle Sounders FC
Thoughts on your play tonight...
I wasn't going to start, I'm still working on my fitness. I've only played in two games and in those two games I played one 45 minute and one 60 minute so I'm still trying to get my fitness there. I'm not there yet but I was happy with the touches that I got tonight and the work that I put in, and the chances that I created and hopefully they will start falling for me in the games to come.
Did it feel just to get on the field and play?
Yeah for sure. There has been a lot of talk, a lot of speculation, a lot of media stuff for me but what I enjoy is being on the field and playing. It's what I dreamed about as a kid, being a professional soccer player, and to be able to do that when you are on the field it is home. So it was good to get on the field and get some touches, mix it up with the boys and to get familiar with this league again.
How does it feel to be back in the MLS?
The league is good, it's getting better. The quality and the competitiveness is getting better. You are seeing more soccer specific stadiums, you're seeing bigger crowds come out to games and you're seeing more franchises pop up in MLS so it shows that there is an interest for it, it shows that there is a demand for it, and it's good to be back here and to help continue to grow the game here.
Mauro Rosales- Midfield, Seattle Sounders FC
Thoughts on getting an early goal and what it did for the team...
It was really good for us to control the game, it was very good to get an early goal. Also because the weather was hot in that moment, they are a young team and applied much pressure so it was very tough to play against them and at that moment to get some space, after that to score was one of the reasons why we could get the advantage of the game. We were very happy to get three points here, away against a good team.
How important is it to get those goals in the first half and not go into half tied at 0-0?
It is important part of the game whenever you move the ball and keep possession and you make the other team run is something that we want to do as much as possible every game. We are very happy that with Clint coming in it was the same. He is the type of player that can hold the ball and we did not know each other so well because he is just coming in but he knows very well Eddie (Johnson) and some other guys. He is a smart player, he is an experienced player and he can come in and do what he does best. He will help us a lot.
What does it mean for you guys to keep your run going?
This is the way that we wanted to be. It's something that we have worked very hard to be here. Getting points at this part of the year is really, really important. We have a few games in hand and we need these points.
Ryan Nelsen - Head Coach, Toronto FC
What are your thoughts on today's game?
I thought they played an overall good game. They came out in the second half and they were determined, showed character and showed belief.
What did you say to the team at halftime?
I didn't really say anything. I'm not going to take credit as there was no ‘magic' halftime speech. I thought they played well in the first half it was just two silly errors. I was very disappointed on the first goal. The second goal as well was a bit unlucky and a bit unfortunate. The lead up to the second goal wasn't good. Besides those two errors they played very well, I just think they didn't get the last pass right and didn't bounce their way. The second half was just a continuation was there was just a more cutting edge.
What did you make of the marking on the second goal?
It's a tough decision where you have to either stay with the line or follow the run and Ashton got caught in between. All the strikers were in an offside position but with the ball going over to the back post that made them onside which made it look a lot worse than it really is. In saying that, the boys had three or four seconds to react to the cutback by Eddie Johnson. Normally they are very good with that as we are always working on that. We try not to concede very soft goals and that was a very soft goal.
Jeremy Brockie - Forward, Toronto FC
Final home game, you must have some great experiences to take home with you?
It would have been nice to finish that chance at the end and walk away with a point and a happy ending to leave BMO Field. I have enjoyed my time while I have been here, the fans have been great but it's a shame I couldn't have put a few more in the back of the net.
Did you know you were onside for that final chance?
Yeah, I did know I was onside. I haven't seen a replay of it yet.
What do you remember most about your time here?
Great bunch of boys in the change room. I came over here to help Ryan out and the last few results were very positive. This club is heading in the right direction. I will take some good little pointers that Ryan has given me back to the A-League.
Has there been any talks regarding a possible return?
There was a little brief discussion but obviously if I go back and in two weeks' time if the opportunity arises to come back to Toronto in the future, I will take a look at it from both ends. I still have two more games and they are two winnable games that I would like to take six points away from.
Jonathan Osorio - Midfielder, Toronto FC
How do you rate your performance so far in MLS?
I know I have the talent to play in this league and I know I am trying to improve my weaknesses that I have.
What are your thoughts on your supporting cast, especially the likes of recent additions of Bobby Convey and Matias Laba?
We have lots of weapons on our team and we are playing well together for 90 minutes but we were unlucky to give up those two goals. Matias beside me is great, he has been great beside me all season, and he is very consistent and makes my job a lot easier. Playing with those players is a lot of fun.
Where do you need to improve and how much have you grown in your MLS career?
I need more experience. I need to gain more experience with and without the ball. I have grown a lot as I have become a smarter player with the timing of my runs, my tackles and knowing when and where to be at the right time.
Doneil Henry - Defender, Toronto FC
What happened with the second goal?
There was a deflection, hit off my foot and went in the net. It is pretty simple and unlucky as there wasn't much I could have done about that situation. Overall I thought we played a very good game. I just kept my head up and continued playing my game.
For the first goal was it a matter of you thinking he was offside?
Yeah, there was confusion as we thought he was offside at the back post but we were very unlucky for that goal.
How far away are you from reaching your potential?
I think I am playing because I am supposed to be playing and I am capable of playing. I think that even on other teams I could start at center back. As soon as the ball starts bouncing our way there won't be a problem. I think if we can just do our jobs as a team and start winning some games, there will be no problem.