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Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Chart - A tough jagged pill to swallow.
Seattle Sounders v Real Salt Lake Chart - A tough jagged pill to swallow.

There was a lot not to like about the game Saturday afternoon. Not just because of the loss to a Western Conference rival, but because there were opportunities for much more than happened. Real Salt Lake takes that win and now has a better chance at the Supporters Shield than the Seattle Sounders, and even moves into 2nd by PPM, although barely. For all of the missed opportunites - Mauro Rosales missed penalty, take downs in the box, a multitude of blocked shots - the Sounders had only three moments where they were favored to win. And yet, in the early when results like this happened it was said that Seattle would come out ahead much more often than behind, that is still true. Seizing the opportunity and commanding the ball and favor to go your way is something that worked for so long it was easy to forget that fortune would not always be colored Rave Green.

The highlight package puts pretty clear how rough a day the officiating crew had. Some of the mistakes were errors in judgement (the Red on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado), but in ways the more egregious misses were the failure to note that Tony Beltran already had a Yellow, or that Andy Williams actually kicked the ball out of bounds and was rewarded, and though it isn't in the highlight package that if the first circumstance that earned Mike Fucito the penalty is called how could the second not be? But quotes are even more powerful. Jason Kreis on the Red Card "...I would go further and say I don't think Seattle's red card was warranted. I don't think their player elbowed Alvaro Saborio on purpose."

Still, Seattle was dominant in many facets of the game. The biggest two errors won't show up in the statistics, but Kasey Keller bears all the blame of what is a clear own goal and Tyson Wahl talks about how the shape was out of whack with Fucito playing leftback on the play that led to the Alvaro Saborio game winner. But this game doesn't show a trend of soft goals, or a lack of a killer instinct, or other panic laden prattle. Seattle has 10 points in their last 5 MLSmatches (tied with Galaxy and Sporks). They have the 3rd best PPM, are tied for 3rd best Goals Against Average and are tied for 2nd best Goals For Average. Still alive for three major trophies this year (though the Shield chances plummetted), the Sounders played good soccer despite the adversity. Thing is, the reason overcoming adversity is impressive when it happens is because it is rare. Which is why the Win Expectancy Chart never really shows them with a significant advantage.


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Scoring Summary:        

RSL -- own goal (Kasey Keller) 13

SEA -- Fredy Montero 7 (Mauro Rosales 10) 47+

RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 8 (unassisted) 56


Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Andy Williams, Luis Gil (Chris Schuler 46), Fabian Espindola (Paulo Araujo Jr. 79), Alvaro Saborio (Ned Grabavoy 68).

Substitutes Not Used: Jean Alexandre, Arturo Alvarez, Collen Warner, Tim Melia.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fabian Espindola 3, Alvaro Saborio 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Will Johnson 2); FOULS: 12 (Tony Beltran 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Paulo Araujo Jr. 1, Fabian Espindola 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Kyle Beckerman 1, Fabian Espindola 1); SAVES: 4 (Nick Rimando 4)

Seattle Sounders-- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg (Servando Carrasco 31), Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 65), Mike Fucito (Pat Noonan 73), Fredy Montero.

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Nate Jaqua, Zach Scott, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Mike Fucito 2); FOULS: 10 (Mike Fucito 2, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Fredy Montero 2); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Mauro Rosales 10); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)


Misconduct Summary:

RSL -- Tony Beltran (caution; Reckless Tackle) 20

RSL -- Tony Beltran (caution; Reckless Foul) 35

RSL-- Tony Beltran (ejection; Second Caution) 35

SEA -- Servando Carrasco (caution; Reckless Foul) 38

SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 39

RSL -- Andy Williams (caution; Reckless Tackle) 68

SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Dissent) 94+


Referee:Mark Kadlecik

Referee's Assistants:-Mike Kampmeinert; James Conlee

4th Official:Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: 35,940

Time of Game: 1:53

Weather: Clear-and-73-degrees


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Sigi Schmid - Sounders FC Head Coach

(Opening comments...) "Sometimes games go like this.  I thought in the first half we had more of the game; we created more of the chances.  I thought we gave up a little bit of a soft goal.  Secondhalf too.  Their goal bounces around and bounces right back to [Alvaro] Saborio andit's underneath his foot and he's able to hit it.  Tyson [Wahl] has a shot in the second half, and [Nick] Rimando doesn't know anything about it. It hits him in the shoulder and goes out.  Sometimes that's the difference.  There were moments I thought we could have played better.  We could have done a better job in terms of possessing the ball a little bit.  I was disappointed in that.  There were also, I thought, in the first half especially, andsome in the second half, there were some good moments where we got in andcreated some chances; where we got behind them on the flanks, which is exactly what we talked about.  But at the end of the day we didn't convert."


(On Mauro Rosales missing the penalty kick in the first half, and the team's recent difficulty in converting PKs...) "It's been different people, so I don't what else to do in terms of that.  I mean, when we miss PKs in games, it costs us.  We missed one in LA and ended up with a tie.  We missed one against Chivas and ended up with a tie.  Today we missed one, and it would have given us a tie.  So obviously that's disappointing.  I think right now it's maybe in people's heads because we have missed some.  Mauro [Rosales] made his last one without any problems and we were confident he would make this one."


(On the tight positions in the Western Conference...) [Finishing] second is important in terms of home-field advantage and in terms of your draw, who you play.  The higher up you finish, the better it is."


(On the foul that resulted in Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's red card...) "I haven't seen the replay.  The referee has a tough job.  It's tough for him to make the call not knowing, not having the benefit of seeing the replay.  The thing that bothers me is if it was simulation.  If a player goes down holding his face when he didn't get hit in the face, I think that's an issue.  I think that's unprofessional, and I think that's something the league really needs to start looking at and needs to start addressing.  Now again, I don't know.  I haven't seen the replay personally so I don't know if he got hit in the face, or if he got hit in the chest.  But certainly, his actions on the field, he reacted like he got hit in the face."


(On how the play unfolded, leading to the Real Salt Lake goal in the first half...) "I thought we just didn't deal well withthe whole sequence of the play.  It began with them taking a free kick about 20 yards away from where the foul was committed.  So they got the ball into play, [and] we didn't react well to that.  A few guys got caught wrong-side of the ball because they played the ball ahead of where the foul had actually occurred, so we got caught wrong-sided.  When the cross came in, I thought it was going to be a ball that we were going to get to and whatever it was, hesitation, one guy thinking 'I'vegot it, you take it,' that kind of a scenario."


(On the decision to remove Erik Friberg in the first half due to an injury...) "He felt something.  I don't know exactly if it was his groin or his adductor, but obviously we had to take him out."


(On whether LA Galaxy is still catchable, despite the Sounders being seven points back...) "Everybody is still catchable.  This league is always a streaky league, so for us now it's just a matter of - you know, just like after the game against Houston - we just gotta get back after it and take care of business the way we want to."


(On how his game strategy changed after Hurtado's ejection and the ejection of Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran...) "We went into like a 3-4-2.  We felt we could get away with just playing three in the back because we still felt we needed to press the issue of the game.  They packed the midfield a little bit more and I didn't think we reacted well to that in the middle part of the second half.  That's where it would be great if it were basketball and you could call timeout. Unfortunately that's not the way soccer works.  They had a little more of it, and then we gained advantage of it again.  I was happy with where we were, [but] wasn't as happy with maybe the execution at certain times."



Kasey Keller - Sounders FC Goalkeeper

(On the own goal...) "The first goal was my fault.  It crossed, they had pressure, the ball checked up a little bit on the turf andI kind of overran it, and then I just tried to hook it back and get it out of bounds, and unfortunately I got a little too close to the wrong side of the post.  So yeah, I've got to do better on that, and that's it."


(On giving up a goal early when the team is on a good run...) "Well, it happens.  It happens to all teams. We give up goals we don't normally give up. We miss chances we don't normally miss.  That kind of stuff happens, you have those days.  Thekey now is to remember all the reasons why we were on a good run. We had a similar kind of hiccup six or seven games ago in Houston and we bounced back real well from that.  Now we're looking to Wednesday andto next weekend and to put today's result right.  The tough part is when you have games like today--we were so close to getting something out of it, and you have to take the positives out of it in the end."


(On moving forward...) "Obviously I'm disappointed with the first goal, andnow we have to put it behind us and go and get a good result down in Costa Rica and come back up here and beat B.C.  It's simple."


Tyson Wahl - Sounders FC Defender

(On Real Salt Lake's secondgoal...) "The second goal we were caught a little bit out of position.  We didn't really slide over enough in our 3-5-2 and Fucito got caught having to track back pretty far for a forward, so that was a positional thing we need to clear up a little bit better.  On the play, [Alvaro Saborio] trapped it inside, I blocked the first one well, and I think popped back to him, andthe second one...he just finished really well."


(On almost coming back...) "I thought we were knocking on the door.  I thought in the first half we could have put away a couple chances.  Ithought we were playing really well in the first half, then just tactically in the second half when it was down to 10 vs. 10, we were a little out of sorts."


(On his shot attempt being blocked by Nick Rimando's face...) "Yeah that was frustrating.  It was through a bunch of traffic.  I just wanted to hit it on frame, and I didn't get enough to get it in there.  I think it hit his forehead...Sometimes we get those bounces and sometime the other team does."


(On if the ten day break affected their performance...) "I kind of think it was irrelevant.  We had a couple signs of rust but I don't think we played poorly.  It just came down to a couple crucial plays where we need to do better, but for the majority of the game I thought we were the better team, and I didn't think we were that rusty."


Mauro Rosales - Sounders FC Midfielder

(On the game...) "I think it was a little bit of a strange game.  I think we controlled the ball, we played good soccer, we just couldn't score more goals."


(On the second half...) "I think there was a lot more space than before because we had 10 against 10...In the last part of the game we were just trying to push it in but we couldn't."



Jason Kreis - Real Salt Lake Head Coach

(On winning in Seattle...) "It feels really, really good and I told our guys I'm really proud of all the hard work they put in. The fact that they stuck together and kept working hard and stayed discipline through some pretty interesting decisions in the first half. There were some pretty dire circumstances and I was proud of our guys for getting another hard fought win."


(On the decision to give Seattle a penalty kick...) "I don't think it was embellishment. I just think it was a hard tackle. There was some contact after the ball was away. I agree with Sigi Schmid, and I would go further and say I don't think Seattle's red card was warranted. I don't think their player elbowed Alvaro Saborio on purpose. I just think the referee made some bad decisions and was trying to work his way back into the game. Overall it just wasn't good enough."


(On coming through with some unorthodox wins...) "It is true, going through this season this team started to get rattled but lately they have stayed very resilient, disciplined and together. I'm proud and happy we had learned through all of this and hopefully we are a better team."


(On his adjustments to playing 10 versus 10...) "Not a whole lot, that just means there is more space to cover. We just needed to hold onto the ball, have some patience and work together. Better efficiency with the ball means less defending.


(On his team's first goal...) "It was a strange goal. At first I thought it went towards the side of the goal. I really don't know what happened. Saborio was trying to cross it but it just ended up in the back of the net.


Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake Goalkeeper

(On saving a goal with his face...) "Oh never, those are the one'syou don't expect or train for. When they happen you don't want them to go in the back in the net. I saw the guys playing so I guess I saved it with my face."


(On his reaction to the penalty kick...) "It was one of those ones where I was in a similar situation in 2009. I was fortunate he kicked it little left and it went just wide."


(On Seattle being a tough place to get three points...) "It is definitely a tough place to play. Their crowd is excellent and their team is a good team in this league. We wanted to come in here and prove a point that we are good team even though we lost of couple of games. We gave it everything we had and we won."