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The Sounders maintained their spot atop the Western Conference.

The Seattle Sounders made it a little nervier than they needed to but still managed to chalk up another win, topping Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Wednesday. It was the Sounders’ fifth win in six matches and they are now 7-2-1 since returning from MLS is Back. Nicolas Lodeiro also picked up two assists, while Jordan Morris and Yeimar Gomez Andrade each added goals.

Stats

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Real Salt Lake 1

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Venue: CenturyLink Field

Referee: David Gantar

Assistants: Jeff Hosking, Gjovalin Bori

Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Attendance: Closed Door

Weather: 61 degrees and clear

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA – Jordan Morris (Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro) 28’

SEA – Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Nicolás Lodeiro) 61’

RSL – Nouhou (OG) 68’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA – Jordy Delem (caution) 26’

SEA – Shane O’Neill (caution) 70’

RSL – Nick Besler (caution) 76’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Alex Roldan 86’), Yeimar Gómez Andrade, Shane O’Neill, Nouhou (Román Torres 86’); Jordy Delem, João Paulo, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris; Will Bruin (Brad Smith 64’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Handwalla Bwana, Shandon Hopeau, Josh Atencio, Justin Dhillon

Total shots: 7 (Bruin/Yeimar, 2)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 8 (Delem, 2)

Offside: 4 (Morris, 2)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Lodeiro, 2)

Saves: 0

Real Salt Lake – Andrew Putna; Aaron Herrera (Justin Meram 86’), Erik Holt, Justen Glad, Nick Besler; Tate Schmidt, Pablo Ruiz, Kyle Beckerman (Jeizon Ramierz 86’), Justin Portillo; Sam Johnson (Douglas Martinez 66’), Corey Baird (Maikel Chang 66’)

Substitutes not used: Zac MacMath, Marcelo Silva, Donny Toia, Milan Iloski

Total shots: 7 (Ruiz, 2)

Shots on goal: 0

Fouls: 8 (Herrera, 3)

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 3 (Ruiz, 2)

Saves: 1 (Putna, 1)

Quotes

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On the positives on a one goal victory:

“Plenty of positives, I mean MLS is a hard league, tough league, you know even though RSL brought some reserves out on the field, I mean three points is three points, no one is going to think about that at the end of the year when they are counting the points for the standings, playoff positioning, they are just going to say ok well they got three points out of that game. The game certainly could have been easier…I mean look, Cristian [Roldan] had a good chance, Nico [Lodeiro] put a ball you know…Cristian at the very end, Will Bruin, I mean I wish Will would have scored, I mean he deserved it, he worked really hard. But, plenty of positives, as far as I’m concerned.”

SOUNDERS FC GOALKEEPER STEFAN FREI – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On the importance of competing for the Supporter’s Shield:

“It’s an opportunity, it’s a goal, it’s something that is very difficult to achieve in any season, even this strange year, during this pandemic. So these are opportunities, you want to…I think I told the team that one thing that’s a strength of this squad and organization throughout has been staying even keel but the good thing and maybe even the difficult thing is to stay even keel at a high level. That’s what’s going to allow you to go for trophies. Whether that’s you know in playoffs going and making the push for the MLS Cup or the one where you have to be pretty darn good throughout the whole year in Supporter’s Shield to cap off a very, very good year throughout, so it’s certainly an opportunity, we’re there, we are seeing that we are in the picture to fight for that and then regardless, you know it goes hand in hand, if you’re going to end up in front then it’s going to put you in good seeding for the playoffs so we got to do our best in every game we can, get those points, keep chugging away.”

SOUNDERS FC DEFENDER YEIMAR GÓMEZ ANDRADE (THROUGH TRANSLATOR) – LINK TO SOUNDBYTES

On how is he able to help the team not just defending but also scoring:

“I am always happy to be able to support the team and help the team. And if I score a goal it’s even better, but my main role is to play on defense and be sure that I’m playing that well, and today we had a rounded game by actually getting the win so I’m very happy about that.”