- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

TORONTO (AP) - Freddie Ljungberg scored his first MLS goal, Kasey Keller recorded his third consecutive shutout and the expansion Seattle Sounders remained perfect with a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday.

Steve Zakuani also scored for Seattle (3-0-0), which has yet to allow a goal through the first three games of its debut season.

It was the first loss of the season for Toronto (1-1-1), which beat Kansas City two weeks ago before tying Columbus last Saturday.

Seattle, which opened the year with home victories over New York and Real Salt Lake, had expected a tougher test in its first road game. Toronto, however, did little to impress the sellout crowd of 20,658 that braved cold, windy conditions to attend the team’s home opener.

Ljungberg opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a clever give-and-go move with forward Nate Jaqua, racing into the penalty box past Toronto defender Adrian Serioux to collect the return pass and fire it beyond goalkeeper Greg Sutton.

Zakuani doubled Seattle’s lead just before halftime. Ljungberg’s cross from the right side was played to Jaqua, whose shot was blocked by Toronto defender Marvell Wynne. But the loose ball fell to Zakuani, who blasted his second goal of the season.

Keller, last week’s MLS player of the week, faced only three shots on goal.

Seattle played without leading scorer Fredy Montero, who did not travel to Toronto because of flu-like symptoms.


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