Carey's club no joke

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:55 AM ET

Drew Carey could find there's nothing funny about playing at BMO Field when his Seattle Sounders meet Toronto FC on Saturday.

The expansion Sounders and their celebrity co-owner are off to a wonderful start (2-0 with two shutouts), but have yet to play on the road and will be crossing the continent to one of Major League Soccer's toughest houses -- and a TFC team that's off to a franchise best 1-0-1. But it's certainly not the dog of a game it looked when the 2009 schedule came out.

"They (Sounders) have guys who've been in the league before,"TFC's Dwayne De Rosario said. "How they do away from home, time will tell."

Seattle entered MLS with a bang, with a 20,000-seat season ticket base and fan support that commissioner Don Garber thinks can rival Toronto's for game-day enthusiasm.

"The commissioner threw down the gauntlet to us in Seattle," joked Toronto head coach John Carver.

But having made BMO Field inhospitable since it opened, Carver is confident Seattle will be rattled by the experience.

The Sounders had, well, sound defence in beating New York and Real Salt Lake, two playoff teams from last year.

"I'm proud that guys are tackling, fighting, chasing and doing everything they can to win a game," said goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

It's not yet known if Carey will appear at BMO Saturday.

LANCE.HORNBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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