In the 89th minute, Mauro Rosales moved to take a pass from Erik Friberg and was fouled by Toronto defender Oscar Cordon. As the seconds of regulation ticked away, Montero lined up to take the free kick 28 yards from the goal.
Montero calmly and surely stroked a shot that cleared the wall and left Toronto keeper Stefan Frei gaping and grasping as the ball buried itself in the net. From that point it was a matter of holding on for four added minutes for Seattle to get out of town with 3 points.
Seattle managed that very well, especially considering it was down a man, consistently working the ball down into the corner and keeping it away from an increasingly frustrated Toronto team.
Man of the Match:
The choices are many, as every player had to work twice as hard when JKH had to leave. I have to give it to Fredy Montero though. Not only did he end his drought, he did it with a gorgeous goal, a definite goal of the week candidate.
When the whistle finally sounded, the Sounders finally won a short-handed match, one on the road in a very hostile place. The win takes their record to 6-4-7 with 25 points, solidly in third place in the west.
The New York Red Bull visits Qwest Field on Thursday, followed by New England coming on Sunday.
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