TORONTO — Captain Dwayne De Rosario had a goal and an assist and O’Brian White also scored to give Toronto FC a 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday.
In the 58th minute, De Rosario cut through the mud and the cold and the rain in the second half, going through a pair of defenders to send a game-winning shot and extend his remarkable start to the Major League Soccer season.
De Rosario has scored five times over his first five games this season. He also added an assist on White’s goal in the 76th minute.
“Hard work definitely pays off,” De Rosario said. “Thankfully, it’s been working in my favor and, hopefully, it continues to go that way.”
Toronto (2-3-0) got the best chance of the opening half in the 10th minute with Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller deflecting White’s shot just wide of the goal.
Freddie Ljungberg was part of Seattle’s first threat of the second half, pivoting north of the box to send midfielder Nathan Sturgis into point-blank range against Toronto’s Stefan Frei, who made the save to preserve the scoreless tie.
Frei made another strong stop on Seattle midfielder Brad Evans in the 61st minute to maintain Toronto’s 1-0 lead.
Toronto received two yellow cards and could have been penalized on another play.
Midfielder Martin Saric cut Ljungberg down with a sliding scissors kick in the seventh minute, sending the 33-year-old international star down to the grass in a heap.
“I’ve been here a year now, and I try not to react on decisions,” Ljungberg said. “Of course, I think it’s a blatant yellow card — or even a red, for flying in there — but I have to leave that to the referees.”
Saric attempted to chop down another Seattle (2-2-2) player 7 minutes later, only to be issued a yellow card this time. Toronto defender Maksim Usanov received a yellow for a reckless tackle 3 minutes later.