Real vs. Sounders FC
The Seattle Sounders are hot winning their last 5 matches and they can take over 1st place in the Western Conference with a win over Real Salt Lake, who they only trail by 1 point.
Here are 5 things the Sounders need to do to beat Real Salt Lake.
1. Continue their stellar defense
Stellar may be a little bit of an understatement to describe the Seattle defense, as they have given up the fewest goals in the MLS, 3 in 9 matches played, and they have not given up a goal in their last 3 matches.
They are getting solid goaltender play. Plus we all know the key to the win will be their defenders who are playing great and will need that continue to do so facing Real.
2. Use the revenge factor to get pumped up
Not that the Sounders need a lot of motivation for this big game, but to get even more they can remember back to last season when Real Salt Lake ousted them from the playoffs.
On top of that when the two teams met in the regular season at Seattle Real Salt Lake won that game as well.
3. Keep Kyle Beckerman from making plays
The Real salt Lake captain is in great form and he creates many scoring chances from his midfielder position.
The Seattle midfield must keep him in check and not allow him to make plays in the Sounders’ half of the field.
4. Freddy Montero needs to build on his great last match
Freddy Montero came off the bench to score both goals in Seattle’s last win and his offense will be needed in this match.
If he is in form he is dangerous and he now has three goals and one assist in his last three matches. If he and a slightly resurgent Eddie Johnson can play like they are capable of then the Sounders’ offense should be fun to watch.
5. Contain Alvaro Saborío up front
Saborío leads Salt Lake with 4 goals on the season and while he can be inconsistent he is in good form. Before playing to a 0-0 draw in their last match they beat New England 2-1 with Saborío scoring both goals.
He can be lethal up front and the Sounders’ defense cannot allow him to have space around the box.