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Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – Match Preview

Well it is match day and that means it is time to take a look at what I think will be the players and match ups that will be the key factors in the match.  It has been interesting this week to hear what the players, fans, and coaches have had to say about RSL vs Seattle and if this is a rivalry in the making or something different.

I think it comes down to what you consider a rivalry, for me it probably more about the intensity of the matches both being played and in the stands.  I don’t believe I have to hate a team or their fans for them to be a rival, but some do.  I think the intensity of matches as well as the importance of the matches between RSL and Seattle have created a rivalry but one that if probably focused more on respect than hate.  I consider that both are teams that joined MLS well into the history of the league, each side has taken a very different path to success both on and off the pitch, one is building their history day by day and one has laid claim to a history built in other leagues.  More on the rivalry aspect later;

The Good:

Javier Morales – While I don’t expect Javi to start the match, you never know, but I do think that with several road matches in front of RSL in coming weeks that they will try to get Javi into the match at some point to get him further on his road to full match fitness.  This could be a very good thing for RSL, or a very bad thing.  Javi has never scored a goal or provided an assist against Seattle in the 6 regular season matches he has played against them, and has often been victimized by a “hack-a-Javi” style of defense.  Still it should be interesting to see how he does on Saturday.

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Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders – 1st half preview

For a 4th time this year RSL will take on the Seattle Sounders on Friday night in the 1st half of their Western Conference Semi-final series.  This will mark the 3rd trip for RSL to Seattle this year, they are 1-0-1 in the two matches played at CenturyLink this year, a 1-0 win and then most recently a 0-0 draw.  These teams have become very familiar with each other over the last couple of years, and faced each other in the Semi-finals last year as well.  That series featured a 3-0 RSL win at Rio Tinto Stadium in the 1st leg and a Sounders 2-0 win in the 2nd leg, which allowed RSL to advance to the Western Conference final last year.

The teams ended the season just a single point apart in the standings, RSL had 57 points to the 56 of the Sounders, RSL had 17 wins and the Sounders had 15, the Sounders pulled off 11 draws, while RSL settled for just 6 draws this year. Both sides were 11-4-2 at home this season, while RSL had the better road record at 6-7-4, while the Sounders were 4-4-9 away from home.  So while the Sounders choose to focus on their local “Cascadia Cup” opponents as their top rivals, I tend to believe based on the action on the pitch that along with LA that the Sounds have become one of the better rivals of RSL.  As RSL pointed out in their recently released infographic these teams have been over the past seasons two of the more evenly matches sides in MLS.

So what can you look forward to on Friday night?

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Did Major League Soccer sell out RSL by changing the schedule?

So on Wednesday Real Salt Lake will be in action against the Seattle Sounders, a time when both teams will be impacted by the FIFA dates for World Cup qualifying but RSL will be missing a lot more talent than the Sounders.  It is a match that shouldn’t be on the schedule.

Of course this match should have already been played, see this match was originally scheduled to take place back in mid-July, the 18th to be specific.  For RSL that match would have been during a very busy part of the season, RSL played a match at San Jose on the 14th, and then at home on the 21st against the Rapids.  Of course Seattle also would have been playing on little rest as they had a July 15th match on the road against the New York Red Bulls.  The match would have been just two weeks after the 0-0 draw the two sides battled to at Rio Tinto Stadium on the 4th of July.

This move took place before the MLS season started, so both sides had plenty of notice, but the reason for the move and approval from the league for such things show a continuing issue around Major League Soccer.  The match wasn’t moved to clear a date for FIFA qualifying, it was moved so the Sounders could sign a big name European team to a summer friendly.  Yes for the second straight year RSL gets treated like an afterthought by MLS in favor of mid-season international friendly matches.

Last year the circumstances were far worse as RSL had traveled to Vancouver for a match only to have it cancelled and rescheduled just a couple hours before it should have been starting.  It was the Whitecaps playing host to Manchester City, that had them lay down sod just 24 hours before a scheduled league match, which was made even worse as they failed to incorporate any drainage and it rained.  That match was rescheduled for October 6th last year, a match that RSL would lose 3-0.

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Real Salt Lake will again take part in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

Earlier this year RSL was able to get some great preseason matches in against the New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, and the LA Galaxy.  Next year they will again take part in the preseason tournament in Tucson, next year the Red Bulls and Revolution will return and be joined by the Seattle Sounders.  The tournament will take place in mid February with the following schedule:

Schedule of Matches*

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders

New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

MLS 3rd Place vs. MLS 4th Place

MLS 1st Place vs. MLS 2nd Place

*Game times are TBA; schedule subject to change Read more