FULL-TIME: Nicolas Lodeiro had a goal and an assist to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake to punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals where they’ll play the winner of Thursday’s LAFC-LA Galaxy match. It’s the Sounders’ fifth trip to the Western Conference finals in the last eight years. Gustav Svensson scored the game-winner on a Lodeiro corner kick.
SOUNDERS 2, RSL 0: Nicolas Lodeiro effectively put the game away with a gorgeous curling strike off a feed from Raul Ruidiaz in the 81st minute. Two minutes later, Everton Luiz was red-carded for a tackle on Gustav Svensson.
SOUNDERS 1, RSL 0: Gustav Svensson was the one to finally beat Nick Rimando, sneaking in a header off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick.
HALFTIME: The Sounders had several quality looks and hit the post once, but couldn’t find a way past Nick Rimando in the first half. Real Salt Lake held the bulk of the possession, but didn’t really test Stefan Frei as the teams went to half scoreless.
LINEUPS: The Sounders will use the same lineup for the third straight game, the first time they’ve done that since using the same lineup in the first four games of the season.
After a wild and crazy first round playoff game, the Seattle Sounders at back at it on just four days’ rest. This time they host Real Salt Lake who dispatched Portland 2-1 last Saturday. This will be the third meeting of the season between these two teams, with each team winning at home.
Seattle is 12-13-5 all-time in regular and postseason play against RSL. At home, the Sounders are 10-3-3. This will be the third time they have faced Salt Lake in the playoffs and the first time since 2012, when the Sounders advanced to their first-ever Western Conference Finals. They split their previous two series with the Sounders holding a 2-1-1 advantage in game results.
This will also be the last time we will see Nick Rimando at CenturyLink Field as he announced that this is his final season.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: F - Will Bruin (knee)
Real Salt Lake
OUT: M - Jordan Allen (knee)
Referee: Alan Kelly
AR1: Nick Uranga
AR2: Kathryn Nesbitt
4th: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Jon Freemon
AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
Keys to the Game
- Start strong, but finish strong too!: Maybe I was a bit unclear last game when I urged the Sounders to start strong or maybe I underestimated how much fight Dallas would continue to show. Either way, that 2-0 lead was great. Blowing it was not. Let’s just keep a zero at the back.
- Keep feeding Morris: No one is playing better than Jordan Morris right now. The winger is coming off his first professional hat trick and seems poised to enter the realm of MLS stardom. The ball needs to be at his feet as much as possible.
- Give Rimando a proper sendoff: Nick Rimando is retiring at the end of the year and it would somehow be fitting if his final professional match were to be played in CenturyLink, someplace he’s had some memorable performances. Assuming this is is final game, I hope he gets a strong ovation from the Seattle crowd.
How to Watch
Match date/time: Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:05 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA
National TV: FS1 (John Strong, Stu Holden)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Matt Johnson and Kasey Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Maqueda and Carlos Tapia)
National Spanish TV: Fox Deportes (Rodolpho Landeros and Mariano Trujillo)
Check listings on LiveSoccerTV.
highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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