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Sounders Roll Past RSL to Advance to 3rd Western Conference Final In 4 Years

Official Seattle Sounders Reporter

By Ashley Savage // @savage_hart

The 2019 season hasn’t been pretty for the Seattle Sounders. The team has been ravaged by injuries, often lacking an identity on the pitch, and hasn’t had back to back victories since April. But if there’s one thing Seattle fans are learning, it’s that pretty doesn’t matter in the new single elimination playoff format. Win and you move on. And that’s exactly what the Seattle Sounders are doing right now.

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

With a quick four day turn-around after playing 120 minutes last Saturday, the Sounders were fired up Wednesday night in front of a home crowd of nearly 38,000 fans. The first half played to a stalemate with Real Salt Lake maintaining the majority of the possession, but the Sounders managing several quality shots on goal.

When play resumed for the second half, the Sounders were forced to make an early substitution as Roman Torres, who has been a powerful presence since returning from suspension, injured his hamstring in the 49th minute. DP center-back Xavier Arreaga replaced the Panamanian. As the second half progressed, so did Seattle’s intensity, accuracy, and dominance.

After Victor Rodriguez replaced Joevin Jones in the 62nd minute, the substitute made an offensive impact immediately. Only 2 minutes later, Nicolas Lodiero swung in a near-post ball from a corner-kick and found Gustav Svensson’s glorious, Swedish head for a fantastic flick in to the back of Real Salt Lake’s net. The Sounders celebrated feverishly, as did the fans packed into CenturyLink Field.

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

Fifteen minutes later, in the final ten minutes of regulation play, Gustav Svensson played a beautiful ball down the wing to Raul Ruidiaz, who found a streaking Nicolas Lodeiro. Lodeiro hammered in this golazo:

The captain celebrated jubilantly, as did every Sounders player and fan, knowing that with less than 10 minutes left and up 2-0, they were moving on to the Western Conference final for the 3rd time in four seasons.

Frustrations boiled over several minutes later as Everton Luiz picked up a red card for a nasty tackle on Svensson. Players from both teams came together and while Luiz took his time to leave the field, walking through Seattle’s bench and through the towering flags of the ECS, the final whistle blew to secure the Sounders another home playoff victory. Seattle will face the winner of El Traffico, which will be played Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 PM. The Sounders would host LA Galaxy next Tuesday at 7 PM or travel to LAFC on the same date and time, depending on the outcome of the LA derby.

Saying Farewell To A Legend

Photo Credit: Jill Peck

While the Sounders’ win advanced them to the next round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, there was another historic event that occurred as referee Alan Kelley blew the final whistle last night. Nick Rimando, an absolute legend of both MLS and the position of goalkeeper, concluded his final match. Rimando retires as the league leader in wins, shutouts, saves, games and minutes played. He won two MLS Cups with RSL and featured throughout the years with the US Men’s National Team. And from an outside perspective, he also seems to be an absolute class act human being.

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Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy – how many cards can we collect?

Official Real Salt Lake Reporter

By Ambrosia Tonkovich @heyambrosia

Saturday, March 18: 1-2 Loss

Real Salt Lake had quite the day against LA Galaxy, with five yellow cards (three of which were given to RSL), a red card and a loss with the finishing score of 2-1, LA. This brings them their second losing game in a row (previously gave two goals to Chicago Fire last week), and a lot of things to work on next week while we have Nick Rimando out for USMNT call ups, Kyle Beckerman out for a red card during this game, and several players still out on injuries.

RSL came out looking strong in the first 20 minutes of play. Yura Movisyan had a beautiful header in the 18th minute that brought the entire stadium to their feet for our first goal of the season. Kudos to Albert Rusnak for getting Yura set up with the ball so effortlessly. After a yellow card was handed out to both Luke Mulholland and Beckerman in the 34th minute, and Beckerman handed a red card in the 44th minute, RSL was down to 10 men heading into the ending of the first half.

The start of the second half proved to be a little rocky for RSL being a 10 man team. LA Galaxy caught up to us with an equalizer goal by Dave Romney in the 69th minute, and surpassed us with a goal by Emmanuel Boateng in the 74th, making that his 5th MLS goal. Fun fact: all of his goals in MLS have been against RSL.

LA Galaxy did receive two yellow cards from Stoica, one in the 1st minute of stoppage in the half to Romain Alessandrini and again in the 88th minute to Nathan Smith. However, that was small potatoes compared to the impressive number of yellow cards handed out to RSL (In addition to Luke and Kyle, Rusnak and Chris Schuler also received yellow cards in the 61st minute and 90th minute, respectively).

All in all, a frustrating result for any RSL fan, even with a man down. The odds seemed a little stacked against us with cards flying everywhere, but we should’ve tried to pull it together for a home win.

Takeaways:

  • Nick Rimando is ridiculously cat-like, in this video.
  • We need to keep trying hard to get more goals. We are tied for bottom of the Western Conference right now. Hopefully we get some injured players back soon, as our team will be super scarce next week, but in the meantime, we need to keep fighting for more goals.

Since we’re collecting all of these cards can we trade them in for a nice lunch or something for the team? Seems like we’ve amassed quite the collection very quickly.

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A Beautiful Day for The Beautiful Game

Official Real Salt Lake Reporter

By Ambrosia Tonkovich @heyambrosia

It was a beautiful day for a home opener in Sandy, Utah, that’s for sure. It was 55 degrees, a home brew festival was going strong ($5 got you an awesome pint glass and the ability to try home brewed beer made by the locals. What a way to start the day.), and even with the chill in the air, the VERY strong wind (that would ultimately affect that first 20 minutes or so of game play while the teams got used to the breeze), and the issues with our new ticketing system, we couldn’t hold still for the life of us. It was match day.

There was an audible buzz from the tailgate lot just north of the stadium, where most supporter groups for Real Salt Lake gather before the game. Section 26, RCB, SCU, La Barra Real, and many other supporters were all smiles and laughs as we waited for the game to start. Everywhere you looked people were hugging each other hello after months of not being in their favorite place: The RioT.

It has been a pretty big upheaval during this offseason. Some of our best players have left to other teams or retired, our backup keeper Jeff Attinella was chosen in the MLS Expansion Draft, and a few other players that we had gotten used to having around weren’t renewed for another year. In their place came a much younger crowd of players, some from RSL’s own academy (we now have 7 homegrown players on our team this year), Brooks Lennon from Liverpool FC, Albert Rusnak from FC Groningen who has done marvelous in the offseason, and we have Jeff Cassar for another year, at least.  A bit of a nerve-wracking start for any RSL fan, but once it was time, we all went in as quickly as we could.

All in all, we came away with a draw, 0-0 against Toronto FC. Possession was right down the middle, 50/50 with a lot of blocked shots by RSL and a penalty kick save in the 30th minute from the Wall of the Wasatch, Nick Rimando, which makes this his 130th shutout. Three players made their RSL debut this game, Albert Rusnak starting off with the team and Ricardo Velasco being subbed in for Jordan Allen at the  87th minute as well as Chad Barrett subbing in for Yura Movsisyan at the 69th minute of play.

Seven yellow cards were given this game, 3 for RSL and 4 for Toronto FC, with ranges from Dissent to Unsporting Behavior. One landed a PK for Sebastian Giovinco who now knows that PK’s aren’t worth breaking a sweat for Nick Rimando.

19,519 were in attendance for this home opener, and I can safely say this was an encouraging performance from RSL. Great job out there, boys. We’ll see you next week against Chicago Fire!

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