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  • November 2, 2011
  • • 10:20 PM
  • • CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
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Real Salt Lake win Aggregate 3 - 2

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders FC - Real Salt Lake

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders FC - Real Salt Lake

George Frey

Seattle needs to win a franchise first playoff match in hefty fashion or face exiting the postseason at the first hurdle to Salt Lake.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Keller; Riley, Hurtado, Parke, Wahl; Evans, Friberg, Osvaldo, Ferandez; Montero, Fucito.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Terry Boss (concussion); MF Michael Seamon (lateral ankle tendon); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); FW O’Brian White (leg surgery)

DOUBTFUL: GK Josh Ford (knee pain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Mauro Rosales (MCL sprain)

PROBABLE: MF Amadou Sanyang (knee sprain)
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Schuler, Borchers, Wingert; Williams, Beckerman, Morales, Johnson; Espindola, Saborio.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Nelson González (R foot fracture)

DOUBTFUL: GK Kyle Reynish (R ankle bone spur); FW Cody Arnoux (L hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Jamison Olave (R quadriceps strain); DF Nat Borchers (L quadriceps strain)

PROBABLE: DF Tony Beltran (L adductor strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (L adductor strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Salt Lake won the first leg 3-0, with Alvaro Saborio scoring a double and Javier Morales assisting twice. Substitute Ned Grabavoy also scored.
  • "We're lucky we didn't lose 6-0," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "Everybody was the wrong choice. With the exception of (goalkeeper Kasey) Keller, nobody played real well." Keller made eight saves to keep his team, nominally, in the tie.
  • The team posted a miserable 64 percent passing percentage, compared to RSL's 80 percent. The Sounders failed to put a shot on goal, and has only scored one goal in five playoff games, all losses.
  • RSL is sweating over the fitness of central defensive pair Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave, both of whom limped out of the first leg with quad strains. The pair traveled to Seattle and will be game-time decisions, with fullback Chris Wingert and option to slide into the middle if neither is cleared.
  • The teams traded 2-1 away wins in their regular season matchups. Real snapped a six-game winless run with the 3-0 victory.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Kasey KellerGoalkeeper
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
20Zach ScottDefender
-L. GonzálezDefender
17Erik FribergMidfielder
20Á. FernándezDefender
3Brad EvansMidfielder
6Osvaldo AlonsoMidfielder
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
17Fredy MonteroStriker
13Brian MeredithGoalkeeper
26James RileyDefender
2Tyson WahlDefender
27Lamar NeagleMidfielder
-Nate JaquaStriker
-Roger LevesqueStriker
26S. OchoaStriker
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
3Robbie RussellDefender
2Tony Beltran Defender
17Chris WingertDefender
28Chris SchulerDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
77Andy WilliamsGoalkeeper
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
31Rauwshan McKenzieDefender
21Luis GilMidfielder
26Collen WarnerMidfielder
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Striker
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
Players to Watch
Osvaldo Alonso
Osvaldo Alonso
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
17 0 6 0
Javier Morales
Javier Morales
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
18 5 5 0
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