Seattle, Toronto seek MLS turnarounds

The Seattle Sounders visit Toronto FC on Saturday night in a Major League Soccer game that both teams need desperately.

Both teams are coming off midweek non-league success. Toronto FC won the Amway Canadian Championship over the Whitecaps at Vancouver on Wednesday on a spectacular goal in the dying seconds of stoppage time by Will Johnson, who injured his knee in the process.

Seattle is coming off a penalty-shootout victory over Real Salt Lake on Tuesday that advanced the Sounders to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

"I thought our team showed a lot of competitive fight and spirit against Real Salt Lake," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "We haven't been able to put the ball in the back of the net even though we have created chances. When that's the case, sometimes you have to grind things out until they start to fall."

MLS success has been more elusive for both teams.

Toronto has won just two of its past eight MLS games (2-4-2) dating to May 1.

Seattle has lost its past two and five of its past six league games (1-5-0).

Toronto FC comes into the game at BMO Field on Saturday amidst mounting injury woes.

Johnson's injury was diagnosed as a tibial plateau fracture, and he is expected to be out six weeks.

Midfielder Michael Bradley also is expected to be out for about six weeks with a knee sprain sustained last Saturday while playing for the U.S. team in the third-place match at the Copa America against Colombia.

Seattle forward Clint Dempsey, also returning from playing for the U.S. team in the Copa America, could be rested for the match in Toronto.

TFC goalkeeper Clint Irwin also is sidelined for about six weeks with a quadriceps injury picked up last Saturday in a loss to Orlando City. Alex Bono is expected to be in goal for Toronto.

Toronto will be playing its fifth game in 15 days against all competition.

"We're getting a lot of work out of the guys that maybe at the beginning of the year weren't going to compete for minutes," coach Greg Vanney. "And now they're guys whom we're relying on to win championships and to win games, and that's fantastic. It makes our group stronger, it makes our group deeper, and we learn a lot about the group -- it kind of brings the group together."