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Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake - Gamethread

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For Real Salt Lake the trip to Seattle will always remind them of their greatest win in history. Luckily for Seattle Sounders fans, it had nothing to do with the team in Rave Green. Besides that neutral pitch win, RSL has struggled with things Seattle with the Sounders earning 8 points in 5 previous meetings. Complicating the Utah Royals desire to break into the Western Conference Promised Land rather than a Wild Card slot is their road heavy end of season schedule including this match. By design the men of Salt Lake prevent the opposing team from taking many shots, and play a patient game with a compact diamond 4-4-2. Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio have some speed and are threats, but they are forwards defined more by their support than by themselves. Each have 7 goals on the season. It will be the central midfielders that define the game tomorrow, with Luis Gil likely as the #10 and Kyle Beckerman as the holding mid.

Seattle should have control of the width. Alvaro Fernandez and Mauro Rosales tend to play wider than their opposing mids, as well as higher. They are also both more technical players on the ball, and Rosales is faster than Salt Lake's left side. With speedy Mike Fucito and ball-magician Fredy Montero up top Seattle should be able to threaten Nick Rimando and the Salt Lake goal. Seattle scores two goals a game, and with 36,000 in the stands in amazing weather this could be another day of free haircuts. A win would push the Sounders past their previous MLS high, with many games to spare no matter how you count them.

The game is on KING5 and 97.3FM with Arlo White on the call at 1PM

Pre Match Build-up: Interactive Lineup Card | Three Questions | Set-Piece Defense | Scouting Report
Opposing Look at RSLSoapBox

Tactical Keys

  • Challenge Rimando High & At Angles
  • Use Every Dimension To Pass
  • Beware the Counter
  • Communicate Defensively

Player Matchups

  • Kyle Beckerman v Brad Evans or Erik Friberg
  • Mike Fucito v Jamison Olave
  • Alvaro Fernandez v Robbie Russll

Statistics

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
RSL Espindola, Saborio (7) Beckerman (8) Rimando (72%) Rimando (0.88)
Sounders Montero, Fernandez (6) Rosales (9) Keller (74%) Keller (1.07)
Additional PP90 Set-Play | Run Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
RSL Saborio (1.10) GD +7 | +5 3.84 1.44
Sounders Rosales (1.03) GD +7 | +5 0.56 0.52
 

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