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November 8, 2012 10:00 PM EST
Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
Referee:‬ Chris Penso‎

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Seattle Sounders FC

RSL held Seattle goalless for the fourth time this season, with the Western Conference semifinal headed back to Utah for the second leg.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake; Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC; MLS
Otto Greule Jr
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Borchers, Olave, Wingert; Johnson, Beckerman, Morales, Grabavoy; Esindola, Saborio.


OUT: GK Lalo Fernandez (R wrist fracture)

PROBABLE: DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R ankle bruise); DF Jamison Olave (L hamstring strain); DF Chris Schuler (R quad strain); DF Nat Borchers (L quad strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (R quad strain); FW Fabian Espindola (R hamstring strain)
Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Gspurning; Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Burch; Rosales, Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; Johnson, Montero.


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

QUESTIONABLE: DF Leo Gonzalez (R hamstring strain); DF Patrick Ianni (R calf strain)

PROBABLE: FW Eddie Johnson (L adductor strain)
  • The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw in CenturyLink Field.
  • RSL hasn't conceded to Seattle all year. Salt Lake won one game 1-0 and posted three other scoreless draws against the Sounders in 2012.
  • Nick Rimando made five saves to earn his clean sheet in the first leg. Additionally, a collision with Christian Tiffert cut his face and broke his nose. "It will have to go down as one of the single best individual performances by anyone who's ever worn an RSL jersey," Jason Kreis said.
  • Seattle has failed to score in four of the last six games against MLS teams. The Sounders have only scored in one of the seven playoff games in club history, a 2-0 win over RSL last year.
  • Fredy Montero has yet to score a playoff goal in his career.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Nov 8, 2012 Real Salt Lake 0 - Seattle Sounders FC 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Nov 2, 2012 Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Real Salt Lake 0
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
17Chris WingertDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
2Tony Beltran Defender
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
4Will JohnsonStriker
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
15A. SaboríoStriker
29K. MansallyStriker
21Luis GilMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
3Kwame Watson-SiriboeDefender
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
81Michael GspurningGoalkeeper
2Jeff ParkeDefender
4Marc BurchDefender
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
5Adam JohanssonDefender
6Osvaldo AlonsoMidfielder
3Brad EvansMidfielder
7Mario MartínezMidfielder
8Christian TiffertMidfielder
17Fredy MonteroStriker
7Eddie JohnsonStriker
16David EstradaStriker
26S. OchoaStriker
20Zach ScottDefender
12Alex CaskeyMidfielder
7Steve ZakuaniMidfielder
24Marcus HahnemannGoalkeeper
5Andy RoseMidfielder
Players to Watch
Fabian Espindola
Fabian Espindola
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 0 0
Mauro Rosales
Mauro Rosales
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
7 0 1 0
Probable Lineups
Nick Rimando 18
Chris Wingert 17
Nat Borchers 6
Jamison Olave 4
Tony Beltran 2
Ned Grabavoy 20
Javier Morales 11
Will Johnson 4
Kyle Beckerman 5
Paulo Jr. 23
A. Saborío 15
Michael Gspurning 81
Jeff Parke 2
Marc Burch 4
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 34
Adam Johansson 5
Osvaldo Alonso 6
Brad Evans 3
Mario Martínez 7
Christian Tiffert 8
Fredy Montero 17
Eddie Johnson 7
Editor's Prediction
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
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Sporting KC
4 1