Quick! There's not much time. The Sounders have a long way to go to win their way through the dangerous Western Conference, and it all starts Wednesday. Leave no match unrated!
Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins were making things look easy, with help from their supporting cast. Stefan Frei didn't have much to do. Marco Pappa had a pretty strike, and went the full 90. Real Salt Lake was, with the exception of the goal, contained. Speaking of the goal, who gets the blame, and how much does it matter that the Sounders gave RSL a foot back into the game?
Oniel Fisher, Chad Barrett and Gonzalo Pineda put in lengthy shifts after some early subs were made to rest players for a busy week -- how did they do in their roles? Referee Sorin Stoica didn't call a penalty or hand out a red card (unusual for him), so we dodged a bullet there. 10's for Stoica!