Sounders v Salt Lake Desert Diamond Cup Final - Preview

Seattle beat RSL just days ago. Will they do it again? - Jennifer Stewart

Seattle and Real Salt Lake face off for the second time in the tournament with a preseason title on the line. NBC Sports will broadcast the match at 5 PM Pacific.

There will be two very different approaches in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup Final between Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake. Sigi Schmid made it clear this week that it will be a run for second teamers and trialists since the First Team started against Veracruz on Friday night. Kreis will almost certainly run his A-Team out, though there are questions as to their second forward - Findley v Plata.

When you watch this match tonight on NBC Sports at 5 PM you will get a heavy dose of Seattle's depth. Shalrie Joseph could get a run since signing, as may Djimi Traore. The midfield is stacked with players with starting experience. David Estrada will probably play because he's Estrada.

Things to watch;

  • Traore's play out of the back
  • Joseph's role
  • Remick on the right again
  • Sammy Ochoa's offball movement
  • Does Mario Martinez get five minutes off the bench just to embarrass Rimando again?

Seattle is now 3-1-1 with a +4 goal differential in their tiny preseason. They may just get a trophy for games that don't matter.

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