Sounders at Real Salt Lake Western Conference Semis Leg Two - Gamethread

Otto Greule Jr

For Real Salt Lake this match is about belief. It is about their trust in their fortress. It is about their final chance with their old roster to make this run. For the Seattle Sounders it is about confidence. It is about performing to expectations. It is about the core doing what they were brought in to do.

One of these teams gets to break the other's will and end their opposition's 2012 on a sour note. Neither met their non-league goals. RSL was trounced from the Open Cup by an NASL side, even though they'd bought the hosting rights. They flopped out of the CCL group stage. Seattle struggled with Santos, was edged in PKs in the Open Cup Final, but did advance to the next CCL knockout round.

Whatever it takes.

It is not enough for either team. Neither side feels that they've satisfied their fanbase. On a Thursday night in Sandy, Utah, Chris Penso will call the match for leg two of the Western Conference Semifinals between sides that are rivals only due to the play on the field.

Whatever it takes.

Assistant Coach Ezra Hendrickson talked about what it will take to get a win earlier in the week. "We'll take the magical goal, but we can't wait around for that. The effort's got to be there. At the end of the day the teams are so evenly matched throughout the year that the results of the games that it might just take a free kick goal, a goal on a corner kick or something where there's a missed assignment where someone gets free. It's got to be 100% concentration for 90 minutes or 120 minutes - whatever it takes. Even if it goes to PKs, the focus has to remain there."

Whatever it takes.

The Seattle Sounders created chances from the flanks. They'll be able to do it again. A mix of high and low crosses and the insertion of Eddie Johnson should have one of those chances converted, even if Mauro Rosales is on the bench. Plan B -- it could be the magic of Mario, the speed of Zakuani, or Montero with a 35-yard kick of magic, it doesn't matter -- find a second route of attack. Salt Lake has a negative goal differential in the final 30 minutes. With a match that could go 120, the Sounders can take advantage of their comparative late-game strength. You have the Power of Tanzania on your side. End this drought.

Whatever it takes.

A Grown Ass Man, a Golden God and a man whose eyes can kill. You are our wandering heroes. You have entered the dangerous Wasatch Range. Slay the the Claret and Cobalt Dragon. This is only one stop on your quest, but without success here you can not advance. You will not be stopped.

Whatever it takes.

Tactical Keys

  • Maximize Flank Play
  • Plan B
  • Outlast Poor Closing Team
  • Whatever It Takes

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