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    Montreal

    1

    Chicago

    1

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    San Jose

    0

    Houston

    1

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    Dallas

    1

    Portland

    1

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    Kansas City

    3

    New England

    0

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    Salt Lake

    2

    NY Red Bulls

    0

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    Seattle

    3

    Toronto

    1

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    Chivas USA

    0

    Vancouver

    1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Attendance: 38709

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Seattle Sounders FC

  • David Estrada 17'
  • David Estrada 51'
  • David Estrada 63'

3 - 1

FT

Toronto FC

  • Ryan Johnson 62'

Sounders beat Toronto FC in MLS opener

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle forward David Estrada jogged off the

pitch to raucous applause when he left the match in the 87th

minute Saturday night.

He made the sign of the cross, hugged his coach, then heard his

name chanted by the 38,709 representing the largest turnout for

a Major League Soccer opener in Seattle.

Later, he would have his own emotional response to his superb

night.

Estrada's three goals led the Seattle Sounders past Toronto FC

3-1 on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in the opener for

each club.

Estrada's impressive performance was the third hat trick for the

Sounders (1-0-0), joining Lamar Neagle on August 27, 2011, and

Blaise Nkufo on Sept. 18, 2010, both against the Columbus Crew.

The Sounders had tried Estrada at multiple positions since

drafting him in 2010. Head coach Sigi Schmid decided to move the

third-year player back to forward this spring, where he played

at UCLA. Saturday, Estrada rewarded the move.

"It's been a long time coming," Estrada said after pausing to

withhold tears.

Estrada is in the lineup after multiple moves were made by the

team. The Sounders made a preseason trade of young forwards

Neagle and Mike Fucito. Forward O'Brian White was injured last

year and will be released. It all added up to a shot for

Estrada, who has scored four goals in his last two home matches.

"Once we realized that O'Brian White wouldn't be out there for

us right now, that we were short up front, we said, `Look, we're

going to stick you back up front. We think that's your best

spot."' Schmid said. "His work rate is unbelievable. Like I've

said, nobody deserves it more in terms of the effort that they

put in day in and day out."

To open the scoring in the first half, Alvaro Fernandez zipped

down the left side and masterfully switched the ball around the

back of his left leg with his right instep. The move left

Toronto defender Ty Harden staggered and opened a lane for

Fernandez's cross. Estrada mined the ball away from Toronto's

goaltender Milos Kocic for the 17th-minute score.

Early in the second half, Estrada was sent ahead by a pass from

Sounders' fullback Marc Burch. Estrada ran ahead of two Toronto

defenders, paused, then finished past a closing Kocic with his

right foot in the 51st minute.

Toronto FC (0-1-0) forward Ryan Johnson was able to resurrect

its hope with a finish in the 62nd minute to cut Seattle's lead

to 2-1.

But Estrada was free again following exquisite passing among the

Sounders' midfielders and a final short through ball from

Fernandez, which led to his third goal in the 63rd minute.

Toronto captain Torsten Frings injured his hamstring in the 24th

minute when he chased down Estrada then poked the ball away.

Frings will be re-evaluated in Toronto. He was replaced by Aaron

Maund.

"I think if you watch in the first half we played quite well,"

Toronto FC coach Aron Winter said. "At the end you got to force

something to at least score one of two goals. It was very hard

that we lost and I think that we didn't give them everything."

Scoring Summary

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Toronto FC
(62') Ryan Johnson

Match Stats

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Toronto FC
12(7) Shots (on goal) 13(3)
12 Fouls 14
3 Corner kicks 5
3 Offsides 3
52% Time of Possession 48%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 4

Teams

  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Toronto FC
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Aaron Maund (90 + 3')