Score: Sounders FC 1 vs. Real Salt Lake 2
Site: Rio Tinto Stadium
Records: Sounders FC (13-7-2, 41 points). Real Salt Lake (11-4-9, 42 points).
Man of the Match: Chad Barrett again changed the momentum of the game with his intensity off the bench. He netted his fifth goal of the season – his second in a substitute role – in the 72nd minute to start Seattle’s bid for a comeback, though it fell short in defeat.
Telling Stat: 83% - RSL dominated possession with its clinical short passes in each corner of the field. The home side completed over 83 percent of its passes and held over 57 percent of possession in the match, which created the opportunities to give Salt Lake a 2-0 lead in the 57th minute.
What You Missed: DeAndre Yedlin was booed on every touch in the second half after the Seattle right back was issued a yellow card in the 60th minute, pounding the ball off the field-side signage after being whistled for a foul. The Sounders FC supporters in attendance – and they were plentiful in the east stands – started chanting his name in response to the negative reaction from the home crowd.
So What: It’s a quick turnaround for the Sounders, who will host the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday and will have Obafemi Martins back in the lineup after he missed Saturday’s match due to a red-card suspension. Seattle has split the season series with San Jose with each team winning 1-0 on its home field.