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Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Night Commentary

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The task is an extremely difficult one, but not an impossible one for the highest-scoring team in MLS.

The Seattle Sounders must find a way to erase a three-goal deficit in tonight's Western Conference semifinal second leg against Real Salt Lake after suffering a 3-0 loss in the first leg (10pm, ESPN2). The tasks sounds impossible, but with RSL missing starting centerbacks Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave tonight, the Sounders certainly have a chance.

Seattle isn't completely healthy either, with Mauro Rosales set to miss the match after also missing the first leg with a knee injury.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight's match so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

88 comments
  • Neruda

    Kries knows if the team could survive the onslaught tonight he could get his backline healthy for the next match-up. With the field the it was it wouldn’t be smart to risk worse injury to Olave or Borchers. If they’re not ready by this weekend RSL will not advance.

    Keller with his swan save.

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  • Scuba Steve

    True dat. Keller is my all-time favorite USMNT keeper. Simply amazing stuff during his career and a great role model.

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  • Scuba Steve

    Go cry yourself to sleep on your Sounders pillow. Buh buh buh it wasn’t fair, they were cheating….bwahahaha. See ya next year. Don’t tip Sigi over I’m afraid he wouldn’t be able to get back up.

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  • Snare

    I understand why people want more emphasis on the Supporter’s Shield since the league winner is obviously very important in other leagues (and being the best team in a season should be rewarded), but this series just showed why playoffs are so great. Personally I am glad that playoffs, in any sport, are as important as they are in the US.

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  • Scuba Steve

    He took lessons from Fucito. Softest weirdest PK I’ve seen in a while, especially since he pulled two RSL guys with him. Nothing like the headlock Russell was put in on our own corner…but I’m sure Marufo got a Montero jersey after the game.

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  • Dimidri

    Agreed-I think with the exception of a few uber European purists, most people support some form of a playoff system-they just think the MLS system has some resolvable issues. Grant Wahl wrote a great piece on the issue. A playoff with fewer teams and greater advantages to higher seeds is the best of both worlds. It’s funny that the two-legged series was implemented in Europe with the EXPLICIT goal of neutralizing home field advantage.

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  • Snare

    I heard Grant’s proposal and I thought it would be great to implement. If they don’t do a group format, I hope that they at least keep it where West teams are in west brackets and vice versa, as I personally don’t like it how a west team is in the east bracket. Plus it might be the fairest way with an unbalanced schedule.

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  • Snare

    Also, some people complain that lower seeded teams win the MLS Cup a lot. This happens in a lot of sports. Just recently the Cardinals, who made it into the MLB postseason as a wild card on the last day, just won the word series. Underdogs winning is what makes the playoffs so great. Just my two cents though.

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  • Neruda

    Bring on LA or even better NY. RSL badly needs the slaying duo of Olave and Borchers though. I’ll be sleepin’ good in Seattle tonight. Go RSL!

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  • jeff

    the last 20 minutes was the most disgusting and disgraceful minutes of soccer i have ever seen a team play..

    RSL is a team of hacks, injured 2 sounders and fouled beyond belief, and if a sounder defender touches them once their on the turf wasting a whole minute before they get up. flopping disgrace

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  • Travis

    the fact that you spend so much time just shows how envious you are. it is only a measure of the sounders success that we are expected to perform at a high level in only our third year in the league. we’ll rebound and be back. scary to think we played this entire year without two players who were supposed to be starters.

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  • sammysounder

    Are you kidding? Every time the ball went out RSL took at least 30 seconds to throw it in. That’s where the time came from. Should have been 7.

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  • LiquidYogi

    Never said it wasn’t fair…I simply told someone they’re worthless and should kill themselves.

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  • Travis

    one of seattles subs was superb (neagle) while one was just terrible (levesque). if only we could have brought on more fresh legs at the end things might have gone better. they clearly ran out of gas near the end and were not winning tackles any more. good job RSL and good luck in the next round. although that ridiculous flop by rimando after the penalty was rubbish, friberg just touched the ball and he went flying.

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  • Lassidawg

    If you read the first comments it is there. RSL was lucky to not give up 6 tonight, the same way Seattle was lucky in game one to not have given up 6. If rsl goes on to win, which they won’t with those centerbacks, they can thank the header save.

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  • sammysounder

    Two RSL players went down in the first minute, both rolling around and a minute later Montero got flat out kicked by one of the center-backs. I haven’t seen the replay yet, but judging by the fact it was a good 30 yards away from the play I would guess it didn’t make the TV. It was ridiculous.

    It was complete time-wasting combined with wack-a-Fred. I don’t blame RSL for doing it. I would if I was in their situation. I blame the ref for not stopping it.

    Also the linesman on ECS end was atrocious. He missed a half-dozen off-sides, in both directions.

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  • Lassidawg

    We aren’t crying we have no complaints are team played poorly and rsl took advantage. We played most of the game down 5 players that could be starters.
    We will still have pride in the open cup it is one more trophy than all but one or two will earn this year.

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  • Lassidawg

    Montero got stomped on, and Evans was nailed twice by two studs up tackles.
    The sounders were out of outside midfielders to use, remember we without their 3 best: zakuani, Rosales, and Fernandez after 15 minutes.

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  • LiquidYogi

    “Also the linesman on ECS end was atrocious. He missed a half-dozen off-sides, in both directions.”

    I think it’s more possible you don’t fully understand offside.

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  • Oog

    Just like Seattle injured two of our players in the first round? Seems pretty even to me. That was very agressive soccer by both sides, there are going to be fouls. RSL did flop, but Seattle would have done the same thing if they were ahead. Seattle would have been no better had the situations been reversed.

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  • Oog

    Disagree Yogi. Ref missed a lot of offside in the game. Is your job on this board just to yell at people? I’ve yet to read one comment from you that offers anything of use. Stop being a punk, we’re all soccer fans here. No need to hide behind the internet and be a jerk.

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  • Oog

    And we were without our 2 best CB’s. We only had one true CB left. Can’t make excuses like that.

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  • The 10

    Of course it is in his interest. He went down early in his own third often trying to earn set pieces. It was clearly part of the plan to try and earn set pieces early to try and get back into the series.

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  • Scuba Steve

    They weren’t studs up you twat. Soccer is played at the feet and GUESS WHAT? People get kicked!!! Those challenges weren’t any harder than what your team was dishing out so quit complaining.

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