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Scouting Report: Salt Lake is good, for real

The Sounders will look for their first point(s) in Sandy since 2012.

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What You’ll Watch

The Seattle Sounders have a short turnaround as they hit the road for three games, with the first coming Wednesday night against Real Salt Lake. This is the second and final meeting of the season between these two clubs. The first game saw the Sounders come away with a 1-0 victory after this wonderful goal from Nicolas Lodeiro.

Salt Lake currently sits in sixth place in the Western Conference with a record of 11-9-4 (37 points in 24 games played; 1.54 ppg) and the Sounders find themselves in second place with a record of 11-7-6 (39 points in 24 games played; 1.63 ppg). Last time out, Seattle drew 3-3 in a wild game against New England and Salt Lake won 2-1 against Sporting KC.

This will be the 26th all-time regular season meeting between these two clubs. Overall, Seattle is 10-11-4, but things haven’t been great for them in Sandy, UT. The Sounders are 1-8-2 there, with seven goals scored and 18 conceded. The Sounders haven’t won in Sandy since 2011 and haven’t departed with a regular-season point since 2012.

Tale of the Tape


Last Five: T-L-W-L-W

Leading Goal Scorer: Raúl Ruidíaz, eight goals

Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 11 assists

Real Salt Lake

Last Five: W-W-T-T-W

Leading Goal Scorer: Albert Rusnak and Sam Johnson, eight goals

Assist Leader: Jefferson Savarino, five assists

Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty

Real Salt Lake

Out: Jordan Allen (knee injury, SEI), Tony Beltran (knee injury)


Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A


Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL)

Questionable: Brad Smith (right adductor pain), Gustav Svensson (left hamstring strain), Victor Rodriguez (left hamstring strain), Kelvin Leerdam (right ankle sprain)

Suspensions: Roman Torres (substance-abuse violation), Kim Kee-hee (yellow card accumulation)

International Duty: N/A

Match Officials

REFEREE: Armando Villarreal

AR1: Nick Uranga

AR2: Jeffrey Greeson

4th: Alex Chilowicz

VAR: Malik Badawi

AVAR: TJ Zablocki

What to Watch

  • The biggest storyline for RSL is obviously the firing of former head coach Mike Petke. He was initially suspended for three MLS matches and fined heavily because he went on a homophobic rant at a referee following RSL’s defeat in the Leagues Cup, but RSL felt the outburst was a fireable offense.
  • Things off the field have been rocky, but on the pitch RSL has been cruising. They have just one loss in their last nine matches. Furthermore, they haven’t allowed more than one goal in a match since June 1st. TL;DR, they’re super hard to break down.
  • One silver-lining for the Sounders is that things have been clicking offensively. They’ve scored multiple goals in five of their last six matches, with the sixth being their 1-0 victory over Houston. They will need to be tidy on the ball and not let RSL get out in transition.

How to Watch

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 14 @ 7:00 PM PT

Location: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT


Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+ (out of market, affiliate-link)

Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)

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