Fresh off midweek CONCACAF Champions League excursions, red faces green in the first match of the MLS season for each team.
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Johansson, Hurtado, Parke, Gonzalez; Sivebaek, Alonso, Evans, Rosales; Montero, Estrada.
OUT: GK Josh Ford (knee pain); FW O’Brian White (leg surgery); MF Steve Zakuani (leg fracture)
|Toronto FC (4-3-3): Kocic; Eckersley, Harden, Aceval, Morgan; de Guzman, Dunfield, Avila; Plata, Johnson, Soolsma.||
OUT: FW Nicholas Lindsay (L knee surgery recovery); DF Dicoy Williams (R knee surgery recovery); DF Jeremy Hall (sports hernia surgery recovery)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Adrian Cann (R knee surgery recovery)
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Seattle has won the last three meetings with Toronto, shutting out the Canadians in four out of six all-time meetings.
- This is the first MLS match for each team. Both received a bye on the opening matchday due to CONCACAF Champions League duties.
- Toronto FC beat the LA Galaxy 4-3 on aggregate to advance to the CCL quarterfinals, the first time a Canadian team has progressed that far in the competition. Ryan Johnson and Nick Soolsma did the damage in the second leg.
- Seattle fell heavily to Santos Laguna. American striker Herculez Gomez scored a brace in a 6-1 second leg demolition, leaving the aggregate score at 7-3.
- Designated Players Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez recently received green cards and will no longer count towards the international slots on Seattle's roster.