TFC soundly beaten in Seattle

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 AM ET

Beatdowns weren’t just handed out at UFC 129 on Saturday night.

Toronto FC took a pounding in Seattle, getting drubbed 3-0 by the Sounders in a horrendous performance that could have been worse if not for strong work from keeper Stefan Frei.

Brad Evans scored a pair for Seattle and set up Alvaro Fernandez’s opener on an excellent cross as 3-2-3 Seattle dropped Toronto to 1-3-4.

Seattle outshot Toronto 7-1 through 45 minutes (2-0 on goal) — the latest horrible start in a season littered with them.

The Reds were lucky to be down by a single goal heading into the half.

Things got even worse from there.

Though Frei robbed Fredy Montero early and made at least two other spectacular stops, he couldn’t bail out his teammates again when Montero sprang Evans in the 52nd minute for an easy strike.

Frei was under siege all evening and with a lesser athlete in goal, the result could have been five or six-nil.

Evans scored his second on a penalty in the 75th minute after a TFC hand ball in the box.

Seattle came in with only seven losses in 33 games at home and Toronto never showed any signs that it would deliver defeat number eight.

On the contrary, the overmatched Reds, limp and lifeless in the midst of a tough stretch of the schedule, managed two non-threatening shots on goal to Seattle’s 10 and were outshot 19-6 for the game.

Javier Martina had Toronto’s best two chances of the night, but missed the goal on both of them.

There was a belief newcomer Richard Eckersley would make his first start for the Reds after looking sharp in his short time with the club but instead, he was fully rested.

Forward Alen Stevanovic returned to the lineup while Tony Tchani was out due to a suspension.

Toronto was coming off of a 3¬-0 victory over Edmonton last Wednesday and will take on FC Edmonton again on Wednesday before hosting Houston on Saturday.


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