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November 2, 2012 2:00 AM EDT
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Referee:‬ Hilario Grajeda‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎

MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders FC - Real Salt Lake

The Western Conference rivals meet up for a second straight year in the conference semifinals.

By Seth Vertelney

Zach Scott, Seattle Sounders FC; Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; MLS
Otto Greule Jr
Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Gspurning; Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Burch; Rosales, Evans, Alonso, Tiffert; Ochoa, Montero.


OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL surgery); DF Andrew Duran (L knee ACL surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Leo Gonzalez (R hamstring strain); FW Eddie Johnson (L adductor strain)

PROBABLE: DF Patrick Ianni (R calf strain); MF Andy Rose (L adductor strain)
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Borchers, Wingert; Gil, Beckerman, Morales, Johnson; Saborio, Espindola.


OUT: GK Lalo Fernandez (R wrist fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Chris Schuler (R quad strain)

PROBABLE: DF Nat Borchers (L quad strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (R quad strain); DF Jamison Olave (L hamstring strain); FW Paulo Junior (R foot contusion)
  • These two teams met at the same stage last season, with RSL managing to pull out a 3-2 aggregate win.
  • In the teams' three meetings in the regular season, Real Salt Lake won one match, and the other two ended in draws.
  • Seattle has made the playoffs in all four years of its existence, but has failed to advance in any of the previous three seasons.
  • Sounders forward Eddie Johnson was forced off before halftime in his team's last game with a hamstring injury. There is an outside chance he will play, but he'll likely be held out for the second leg.
  • Real Salt Lake ended the season on a five-game undefeated streak, but was shut out in its last two games.
  • Including its final CONCACAF Champions League match, a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica's Herediano, RSL has not scored in its last 331 competitive minutes.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
81Michael GspurningGoalkeeper
5Adam JohanssonDefender
4Marc BurchDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
17Fredy MonteroStriker
8Christian TiffertMidfielder
6Osvaldo AlonsoMidfielder
26S. OchoaStriker
3Brad EvansMidfielder
7Mauro RosalesStriker
24Marcus HahnemannGoalkeeper
20Zach ScottDefender
7Mario MartínezMidfielder
17Servando CarrascoMidfielder
12Alex CaskeyMidfielder
7Steve ZakuaniMidfielder
16David EstradaStriker
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
17Chris WingertDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
2Tony Beltran Defender
3Kwame Watson-SiriboeDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
15A. SaboríoStriker
4Will JohnsonStriker
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
4Jamison OlaveDefender
21Luis GilMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
29K. MansallyStriker
Probable Lineups
Michael Gspurning 81
Adam Johansson 5
Marc Burch 4
Jeff Parke 2
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 34
Fredy Montero 17
Christian Tiffert 8
Osvaldo Alonso 6
S. Ochoa 26
Brad Evans 3
Mauro Rosales 7
Nick Rimando 18
Chris Wingert 17
Nat Borchers 6
Tony Beltran 2
Kwame Watson-Siriboe 3
Kyle Beckerman 5
Ned Grabavoy 20
Javier Morales 11
A. Saborío 15
Will Johnson 4
Fabian Espindola 9
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
NY Red Bulls
4 1