SANDY, UTAH. - Sounders FC 2 fell 2-1 to MLS side Real Salt Lake Tuesday night in the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Rio Tinto Stadium. S2 scored first as Sam Garza found a Giuliano Frano throw-in inside the 18-yard box, but two second-half goals from Real Salt Lake sealed the victory for the home team, who will move on to the Open Cup Round of 16.
Garza scored his third Open Cup goal (and first as a Sounder) in first-half stoppage time when Frano's throw-in fell to his feet inside the 18-yard box. Garza took one touch toward goal then slotted his shot to the far post past diving goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
The first half ended 1-0, with S2 holding RSL to no shots on goal. Second-half substitute Joao Plata equalized in the 63rd minute as he redirected a low cross sent in by Olmes Garcia from the right.
In the 70th minute, S2 defender Damion Lowe was whistled for a back pass to goalkeeper Saif Kerawala, awarding RSL an indirect free kick from the top of the six-yard box. Plata tapped the ball over to Javier Morales, whose shot went through the S2 wall and into the goal to give Real Salt Lake the lead.
S2 came close to an equalizer twice, with Atinella saving a one-on-one chance with Andy Craven, then Pablo Rossi, who scored the game-winner in S2's two previous Open Cup matches, saw a shot deflect off the post.
S2 returns to USL play on Saturday, June 20 at Arizona United SC (4-6-1, 13 points) in Scottsdale (7:30 p.m. PT / live-streamed on SoundersFC.com). The Rave Green currently sit in second place in the USL Western Conference, and returns home to Starfire Stadium on June 25 to face Real Monarchs (1-7-5, 8 points).
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1-2| Real Salt Lake
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
SEA - Sam Garza (Giuliano Frano) 45'+
RSL - Joao Plata (Olmes Garcia) 63'
RSL - Javier Morales (Joao Plata) 71'
RSL - John Stertzer (caution) 52'
SEA - Vic Mansaray (caution) 70'
SEA - Amadou Sanyang (caution) 89'
SEA - Amadou Sanyang (ejection) 90+6'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 - Saif Kerawala, Giuliano Frano, Damion Lowe, Nick Miele, Aaron Long, Pablo Rossi (Diego Silvas 74'), Amadou Sanyang, Sérgio Mota (Tosh Samkange 90'), Sam Garza (Duncan McCormick 65'), Vic Mansaray, Andy Craven
Substitutes not used: RJ Noll, Kasey French
Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 5
Real Salt Lake - Jeff Attinella, Boyd Okwuonu, Justen Glad (Phanuel Kavita 39'), Aaron Maund, Demar Phillips, John Stertzer, Wellington Paeckart (Javier Morales 58'), Joao Plata, Luis Gil, Olmes Garcia (Alvaro Saborio 84'), Devon Sandoval
Substitutes not used: Tony Beltran, Luke Mulholland, Sebastian Saucedo
Total shots: 12
Shots on goal: 6