Maybe you’ve watched a lot of games with the United States National Team with Nick Rimando riding the bench. He is often there because he is helping train for potential penalties. He is also there because he is quite good. He proved his quality again against the Seattle Sounders. In the 2-nil loss the best opportunities for goals by the Rave Green were stopped by the amazing Rimando.
It is not that Seattle deserved to win. The best case scenario probably would have been a 2-2 draw. Real Salt Lake utilized their counter to great impact. Their potent attack executed perfectly on just a few chances. On five shots on goal RSL scored two times.
The Sounders failed to execute the pressure they wanted defensively. The failed to attack the goal as effectively as they did against Vancouver, Portland and LA.
The streak was always going to end. It ended in a downpour in Sandy, Utah. Few players looked like those that could help a team win playoff games — maybe Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan, Stefan Frei, and Roman Torres.
There was no impact in the standings. Seattle is still 4th in the West.
A bigger issue is that the injuries to Morris, Evans, and Marshall (who finally returned to the field, but as a sub) limit options in attack. Joevin Jones did not start, so he’s rested for the Vancouver game, but has few minutes with Victor Rodriguez.
This game was more entertaining than the draw at FC Dallas, but points are more important than entertainment.
The Seattle Sounders need to take points, three of them. The playoffs are just around the corner. A performance like this will make the second season much cheaper for fans, because we won’t need to buy many games.
Frei; Nouhou, Svensson, Torres, Leerdam; Roldan, Alonso; Rodriguez, Dempsey, Lodeiro; Bruin
61’ Jones on for Nouhou
72’ Neagle on for Bruin
86’ Marshall on for Lodeiro, Svensson to DM, Roldan to RM
52’ Savarino assisted by Rusnak
66’ Mulholland asissted by Savarino and Plata