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Sounders at Real Salt Lake 2016, recap: Another loss, more injuries

The 2-1 loss is bad for the future, not for tactical reasons, but because three more starters went down injured.

That's gonna leave a mark
That's gonna leave a mark
Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Miller's first MLS start will be remembered for his misplay on Jamison Olave. Olave's header earned Real Salt Lake the 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC. That 86th minute goal gave Seattle little chance to earn the road draw in a game that will be remembered for the injuries more than the result.

Erik Friberg sprained his knee and was replaced in the 17th minute. Cristian Roldan took over for him. In the 76th Darwin Jones came on for Jordan Morris, who left with a head injury.Nelson Haedo Valdez left the match in second half injury time with a leg injury. Aaron Kovar entered to replace him at the 92nd minute.

Early in the match, the Sounders dominated the play, eventually capitalizing when Osvaldo Alonso slapped in a Nick Rimando parry.

Finally, they held their lead after the goal, but Salt Lake increased their pressure scoring in the 43rd minute when Sunny banged in a great corner.

In the second forty-five minutes Seattle was not able to generate the attack that they did in the first half. No longer would Joevin Jones and Clint Dempsey abuse the RSL right side. Instead they worked to earn set-pieces. It was chunky and clunky versus the exciting counters of the first.

Despite playing on the road, Sounders FC controlled possession. They also had more shots in the area. If not for the injuries this might be able to go down as a quality loss. With the injuries mounting this is instead a punishing result. Seattle is now 0-2-0 -2 on the season.

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