MLS Match Preview: Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders

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The long seasons of professional sports are full of up and downs as they progress. MLS is no different. Lets use Real Salt Lake  as a great example. They did not lose a match in their first twelve games of the season and were at the top of the Western Conference. It looked as if nobody would be able to stop them. Then they hit a rough patch winning only one of their next six matches and entering their match against the Seattle Sounders they have won three of their last four.

Seattle has a few up and downs this season if you will. None as major as Salt Lake’s but they were beat on the road 5-0 in New England on Mothers Day. They proceeded to go unbeaten in their next five. Prior to last week Seattle was reeling as they lost three of four and scored only one goal in that time and were suffering their first “losing streak” all year, two games.

This is the second of three meetings between these two clubs. The first match on May 31st was one to remember for Seattle and no so much for Salt Lake. The Sounders gave Salt Lake their first loss of the season and sent them on their downward spiral. Seattle scored the first of four goals in the match in the 42′ minute on a penalty that was converted by Gonzalo Pineda. Seattle poured it on in the second half with three more goals from Marco Pappa, Chad Barrett and Obafemi Martins, in 55′, 62′ and 90′ respectively.

I don’t see this match getting out of hand like the previous one. Salt Lake has been historically great on the defensive side. When you have USMNT goalkeeper Nick Rimando between the pipes, you have a good shot at being good on defense.

Seattle will be without Martins as he will be serving a one game suspension after receiving a red card in his last match. I see Seattle Head Coach Sigi Schmid pairing Clint Dempsey and Barrett up top as they seem to work well together.

If Seattle wins this match they will extend their lead in the Western Conference.

If Real Salt Lake win they will take a one point lead in the standings. The winner will also have a the lead in the Supporters Shield standings as well.

Here are the last five matchups between the two teams according to mlssoccer.com.

May 31, 2014 SEA 4 – 0 RSL
Sep 13, 2013 SEA 2 – 0 RSL
Jun 22, 2013 RSL 2 – 0 SEA
Mar 30, 2013 RSL 2 – 1 SEA
Nov 8, 2012 RSL 0 – 1 SEA

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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