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  • August 16, 2014
  • • 2:30 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 20483

Live Commentary

  • Thus concludes our live commentary. This has been Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10). Thanks for following along!
  • Some final Opta numbers for you: While Beckerman led the way with 67 completed passes, Grabavoy's 48-for-51 clip in midfield was even more impressive. Mulholland, meanwhile, had a quietly great game, winning nine duels, coming up with seven recoveries and forcing Alonso's own goal.
  • FINAL: Real Salt Lake takes over first place in the Supporters' Shield race with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders.
  • 90' + 1'
    Barrett just wide! The forward collects a long ball over the top and pushes his left-footed shot wide of the far post. Tough angle on that one.
  • 90' + 1'
    Kovar goes down the left and hits a cross, but Rimando snares it.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionChris Wingert C. Salcedo
  • 89'
    RSL in a 4-5-1, with Salcedo at left back, Grossman next Beckerman in defensive midfield and Findley the lone striker in front of Gil.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionL. González Aaron Kovar
  • 88'
    And here's the final switch from RSL, with Carlos Salcedo replacing Wingert.
  • 87'
    Final sub for Seattle: homegrown player Aaron Kovar replaces Gonzalez.
  • 87'
    Marshall was down for a bit after that play but he's back out there.
  • 85'
    Marshall goes wide! Dempsey nodded the ball back across goal and the center back sent a lunging effort that just missed the near post.
  • 82'
    RSL had a nice attack going, but Gonzalez did well to strip Gil in the box.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionJoao Plata Nicholas Grossman
  • 80'
    Cole Grossman comes on for Plata as Jeff Cassar looks to reinforce his midfield.
  • 79'
    Great tackle from Schuler on Dempsey, who had the ball taken off his foot just as he was preparing to test Rimando.
  • 78'
    Dempsey fires wide! He collects the ball 35 yards from goal, fends off a challenge and curls a left-footed shot just wide of the top corner.
  • 76'
    Corner kick to RSL as Plata sees his dangerous effort deflect off Scott and go just over.
  • 75'
    Another chance for Seattle, but Dempsey cuts inside and fires his shot over the far post.
  • 73'
    That's the fifth league goal of the season for Barrett, who also opened the scoring in the Open Cup win over Chicago on Wednesday.
  • 72'
    Goal Chad Barrett
  • 72'
    GOAL SEATTLE! Rimando stones a point-blank effort from Dempsey, Rose heads the rebound off the post and Chad Barrett finally puts it home.
  • 71'
    If this result holds, RSL will jump to first place in the Western Conference and the Supporters' Shield race.
  • 69'
    Yedlin beats Wingert to the end line and gets a cross off, but it floats over everyone and out for a throw-in.
  • 66'
    RSL nearly makes it 3-0! Gil lays the ball off for Findley, who buzzes a shot wide of the near post.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionLamar Neagle Chad Barrett
  • 62'
    Chad Barrett replaces Neagle as Seattle makes another change.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionOlmes Fernando García Flórez Robbie Findley
  • 61'
    Frei grabs Gil's long-range effort. It was headed for the corner but didn't quite have enough pace.
  • 61'
    Findley checks in for Garcia as RSL adds some fresh legs.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card DeAndre Yedlin
  • 58'
    Mulholland celebrated that one like it was his, banging the goal gong in the corner, but Alonso got the last touch. It all started with a bad giveaway in the back that Plata happily seized.
  • 57'
    Goal Luke Mulholland
  • 57'
    GOAL RSL! Alonso puts it his own net while trying to beat Mulholland to Gil's through ball.
  • 56'
    Hard to think of a player who has improved more this season than Plata, who has gone from a solid third forward to a lethal striker.
  • 54'
    It's the 11th goal of the year for Plata, who only seven strikes in three MLS seasons entering 2014.
  • 53'
    Goal Joao Plata
  • 53'
    GOAL RSL! It's 5-foot-2 Joao Plata nodding home Mulholland's far-post free kick.
  • 51'
    Seattle had some numbers in transition but Neagle floats it over the bar.
  • 49'
    But Seattle is called for a foul on Pineda's set piece.
  • 48'
    Good free kick opportunity here after Beltran cleans out Cooper.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionBrad Evans Andy Rose
  • 46'
    We're back for the second half. Evans has exited with an apparent injury, replaced by Andy Rose, who scored twice in the 6-0 U.S. Open Cup victory over Chicago midweek.
  • Beckerman completed 41 of 44 passes in the first half, while Grabavoy was 22 of 24.
  • For Seattle, Marshall was a force in the back and Evans looked sharp as well, contributing on both sides of the ball.
  • Grabavoy and Beckerman did an excellent job dictating the tempo for RSL in the first half, while Plata and Garcia made plenty of dangerous runs.
  • There's the halftime whistle. RSL controlled that first half but Seattle kept the home side off the board.
  • 45'
    Big chance for RSL! Grabavoy finds Garcia with a through ball before the forward hits a low cross that Frei deflects off Marshall. Finally, Gonzalez clears. Nearly an own goal.
  • 44'
    Chance for Dempsey! RSL falls asleep for a split second, noticing Pineda and Cooper were offside but losing track of Dempsey, who runs onto Yedlin's long ball and hits a soft header.
  • 43'
    Dangerous free kick whipped in by Pineda, but Schuler clears and Neagle gets called for the foul.
  • 40'
    Shot just wide! Gonzalez pushes his effort just wide of the far post after Neagle and Evans did well to tee him up.
  • 39'
    Not much in terms of high pressure now as both teams sit in. RSL still enjoying the better of the possession.
  • 36'
    Beckerman has come very close on a couple of final balls. With Morales out, he might be trying to thread those a bit more often.
  • 35'
    Not much time on the ball for Clint Dempsey yet. That's one benefit of RSL's possession-oriented style — the opponent's playmakers can't do much if they never get the ball.
  • 32'
    Seattle goes at RSL on the counter, but Schuler picks the ball off Cooper's foot in the box to snuff the opportunity.
  • 31'
    Wingert goes at Yedlin, but his cross floats out for a goal kick.
  • 29'
    Plenty of interchange between Yedlin and Evans on the right flank. Both players have experience at right back and right wing, for club and country, which allows them to swap positions pretty seamlessly.
  • 28'
    And there's Marshall with a strong headed clearance on the corner.
  • 27'
    It's a corner kick for RSL after Plata uses his speed to beat Marshall to the ball and win the set piece.
  • 26'
    It's Gil on the set piece, but his curling effort is calmly collected by Frei.
  • 24'
    We're back up and running, with Neagle good to go. Dangerous free kick for RSL now after Grabavoy draws a foul.
  • 22'
    We have a break in the action now as Neagle receives treatment. Seattle already is without Marco Pappa (hamstring) and Obafemi Martins (suspension).
  • 20'
    Good work from Grabavoy to not just boot the ball upfield while under pressure in his own end, as he instead loops it out wide to a teammate. The sequence leads to a chance for Plata, who just misses Garcia's cross.
  • 19'
    Some patient possession from RSL ends with Yedlin and Evans combining to win the ball for Seattle.
  • 18'
    Another good chance for RSL, with Plata just missing a centering feed. Salt Lake must feel unlucky not to be on top.
  • 17'
    Clever piece of combination play from Mulholland, Garcia and Gil ends with Gil firing a shot that's blocked. And moments later, Wingert hits a dangerous far-post ball but no one gets on the other end.
  • 15'
    Yellow Card Zach Scott
  • 15'
    RSL and Seattle trade yellow cards: Garcia gets one for a handball, then Scott goes in the book for a high forearm on Garcia.
  • 14'
    Yellow Card Olmes Fernando García Flórez
  • 14'
    Chance for Seattle! Evans is left all alone on the right side as a switch comes in, but his first touch escapes him and Rimando clears. Would have been a breakaway.
  • 13'
    Beckerman lucky there — got caught in possession in his own third and ended up in a battle with Cooper. Foul could have gone either way, but RSL got the call.
  • 12'
    Fine sliding clearance from Borchers to deny Neagle's low service. Dempsey is called for a handball on the subsequent corner kick to kill the chance.
  • 11'
    Nice bit of combination play between Yedlin and Evans on the right side, but the ball drifts out for a goal kick. Yedlin's new parent club, Tottenham, opened the EPL season with a 1-0 win over West Ham this morning.
  • 10'
    Very nice challenge from Marshall on Mulholland to win possession for Seattle. The center back will look to further bolster his Defender of the Year case today.
  • 7'
    And a header from Beltran steers away Pineda's corner kick.
  • 7'
    Looked like a dangerous chance for Gil there, but he let the ball just barely go out for a goal kick. At the other end, Cooper earns a corner for Seattle.
  • 3'
    Luis Gil is at the top of the midfield diamond today for RSL, with playmaker Javier Morales sidelined by an injury.
  • 2'
    Nice save from Frei off the bat after Plata did well to cut inside, use his speed to create some separation and fire from the top of the 18.
  • 1'
    And we're underway at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • SALT LAKE: Rimando; Beltran, Schuler, Borchers, Wingert; Grabavoy, Beckerman, Gil, Mulholland; Garcia, Plata
  • SEATTLE: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Neagle, Pineda, Alonso, Evans; Dempsey, Cooper
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  • This is Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) and I'll be guiding you through this afternoon clash, with first place in the Western Conference (and the Supporters' Shield race) on the line.
  • After a packed morning of English Premier League action, our attention now turns to a top-notch Major League Soccer matchup between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders.