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Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake puts his loss face on.
Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake puts his loss face on.

Real Salt Lake is a dominating home side, not losing in their last 29 MLS games there. They've ridden the ability to win at Rio Tinto Stadium to solid runs in MLS play and a great performance in the CONCACAF Champions League. This season they have snagged 17 points in only 7 played lead by a strong defense that has only given up 2 goals on the season. With key losses due to both injury and Gold Cup call-ups Jason Kreis will have to count on Nick Rimando, Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers even more than usual.

The Seattle Sounders are clearly a middle of the road team right now with their 17 points in 13 played. While the defense has been solid the long stretch of injuries (finally over?) has hurt the offense even more than expected. Sigi Schmid's side does generally well on the road, but will continue to try new things to unlock the door to a promised land of about 1.5 goals per game.

The game is on KONG 6/16/106 and KIRO 97.3 FM at 6PM

Match Day Prep: Preferred Lineup | Three Questions | Scouting Report | Returning to Health | SBN-Seattle Preview

Opposing Looks at RSL SoapBox

Tactical Keys

  • Forward Interplay
  • Controlling wide spaces
  • Defensive Communication

Player Matchups

  • Forwards v Nick Rimando
  • Fabian Espindola v Jeff Parke
  • Brad Evans v Chris Wingert

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
RSL Two (2) Warner (3) Rimando (92%) Rimando (0.29)
Sounders Evans (4) Two (3) Keller (73%) Keller (0.92)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
RSL Warner (1.09) Olave (5.8) 2.25 0.38
Sounders Evans (1.24) Evans (3.59) 3.54 0.69
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
RSL 48.6 81.4 72.1 59.4
Sounders 51.8 71.6 72.5 51.5

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