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

Seattle Sounders FC 0-0 Real Salt Lake: Rimando locks down away draw

The goalkeepers shone in Seattle and Salt Lakes scoreless draw in the MLS payoffs on Friday night.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake, MLS
George Frey
Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake scored a total of one goal in three regular season meetings. So perhaps a 0-0 draw in the first clash between the two teams in the playoffs Western Conference semifinal shouldn't have come as a surprise.

RSL had the better of the regular season meetings, winning one and drawing too. It also will be more pleased with the draw on Friday, since the second leg is headed back to Utah on Thursday.

The first half was a battle of goalkeepers. Both made a series of impressive saves, with the best coming at the half hour mark. Seattle won a pair of corners with Sammy Ochoa and John Kennedy Hurtado -- sporting a clear face mask -- directing headers on frame. But Nick Rimando pulled off two acrobatic diving saves to keep his net unmolested.

Rimando's impact on the game told deep in the second half when he clashed with a combination of Kyle Beckerman and Christian Tiffert. Despite blood from a cut on his face marring his gloves, the nearly 35,000 in CenturyLink Field (a record low for Seattle in the playoffs) booed the goalkeeper when he collected the ball next.

Rimando made a total of three saves in the three regular season meetings. He bettered that in this one game, pulling off five blocks, with Seattle edging the chances. Not that Michael Gspurning sat quietly; the Austrian blocked four to do his part in the scoreless draw.

These teams met at the same stage in last year's playoffs. Salt Lake advanced in 2011. Seattle will require better finishing on Thursday to avoid a repeat one year later. Designated Player Fredy Montero has yet to score a playoff goal. The Sounders will hope Eddie Johnson, who missed the first leg through injury, can recover in time.

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Seattle Sounders FC

81
Michael Gspurning
Goalkeeper
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5
Adam Johansson
Defender
 - 
4
Marc Burch
Defender
 - 
2
Jeff Parke
Defender
47′
 - 
34
 - 
17
Fredy Montero
Midfielder
 - 
8
Christian Tiffert
Midfielder
82′
 - 
6
Osvaldo Alonso
Midfielder
 - 
26
S. Ochoa
Striker
57′
 - 
3
Brad Evans
Striker
55′
 - 
7
Mauro Rosales
Striker
94′
 - 

Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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17
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6
 - 
2
 - 
3
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
53′
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
56′ 87′
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15
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4
 - 
9

Substitutes

24
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20
Zach Scott
Defender
 - 
7
 - 
17
 - 
12
Alex Caskey
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
16
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Substitutes

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28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
22
 - 
23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
46′
 - 
29

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2