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Sanna Nyassi scores Seattle Sounders FC winner

Oct 4, 2010, 3:52 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi

Gambian international Sanna Nyassi nailed his strike for his first MLS career goal in Seattle Sounders 3-2 win over Amadou Sanyang's Toronto FC on Saturday.  

Nyassi scored Seattle's third goal in the 59th minute. With Zakuani making one of his patented runs on the left side, the winger sent a cross towards the six-yard box, despite Toronto defender Adrian Cann's efforts to  clear the Gambian midfielder, according to the club's website.

Seattle who responded earlier with two goals in the first half to strikes by Steve Zakuani and Blaise Nkufo sealed their place in the playoffs.

The Sounder will attempt to secure their second consecutive U.S. Open Cup trophy when they host the Columbus Crew in the final on Tuesday.

Toronto FC's - whose post-season aspirations is on life support - next MLS encounter is on Saturday, October 9 at the Home Depot Center in a match against Chivas USA.

Also in the Major League soccer league matches,  Borchers scored his second goal in as many games, and Alvaro Saborio netted the game-winner, with just minutes left in the match, to give Real Salt Lake the road win over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, by a score of 2-1.

Saborio's goal came just two minutes after Ken Abdoulie Mansally drew the Revolution level, limiting off a furious final 15 minutes after a slow first 75.

The first dangerous opportunity of the match didn’t come until 27th minute when New England came within inches of opening the scoring. After an RSL turnover, some quick combination play got the ball to Sainey Nyassi 25 yards from goal straight away.

New England kept applying the pressure, and they almost benefited from another opportunity from Ken Mansally's attempt to cross from the left wing that deflected high off Tony Beltran, and almost looped into the goal, but fell just past the crossbar.

However, in the 82nd minute, New England's pressure paid off as they leveled the match. Dube took another hard shot that was saved by Rimando. But Rimando's deflection popped up over his head, and Mansally slid in at the far post to knock it in, and bring the Revolution level.

Unfortunately for New England, the draw was short-lived. Just two minutes after the Revs appeared to break RSL's heart, Tony Beltran earned a corner for Salt Lake. Javier Morales whipped in the corner and found the head of the unmarked Saborio, who easily headed it home.

The Revs kept battling, and they nearly pulled level again in the 87th minute. A great pass found Nyassi streaking down the right side. Nyassi only had Rimando to beat, but Rimando made the sliding save, and touched the ball out for the corner to earn RSL the full three points.

New England will see their next action a week from Sunday, when they travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo.

Meanwhile, Omar Jasseh's San Jose Earthquakes held Columbus Crew to a goalless draw on Saturday.