Don’t Dig Yourself A 3-0 Deficit
The Sounders did win on Wednesday night at home 2-0 for their first ever playoff win, but they lost to Real Salt Lake 3-2 on aggregate.
Here are 5 reasons why Seattle will be watching the rest of the MLS players from home.
1. The first leg in Salt Lake City
Seattle played, maybe, their worst match of the season in the first leg getting crushed 3-0.
In that match they made 2 big mistakes that led to Real goals and their offense was terrible not having 1 legit chance to score.
Coming back from a 3-goal deficit in a 2-leg series is tough to say the least and this is especially the case being shut out in the first leg.
2. 2 goals was simply not enough
Captain obvious point here. The Sounders did win 2-0 in the 2nd leg, but that was not enough as they needed 3 goals.
3. The 3rd goal was close, but not lose enough
With the Sounders up 2-0 in the 2nd half they had their chances to get the all-important 3rd goal, but could not do so.
Substitute Lamar Neagle gave Seattle hope in the 60th minute with the 2nd goal of the game and in a 5-minute span after he scored he had 3 solid chances to equalize the playoff series, but could not find the back of the net.
In the 78th minute Osvaldo Alonso, who scored the first Seattle goal on a penalty, had a great chance in the 78th minute for the 3rd goal of the game, but his volley went over.
4. Keller’s great play was all for not
Kasey Keller made some great saves in the first leg, which kept the match from being a HUGE blowout and in the 2nd leg he was solid with a clean sheet, but the offense could not come through.
He kept the Sounders’ hopes alive with a stellar save on a breakaway late in the match, which was Real’s only real chance to score.
5. Desperation did not pay off
With 2 early subs Seattle was gassed and in the last 20 minutes they were obviously desperate to score, but could not do so.
Real Salt Lake played solid defense in the last 20 minutes not allowing the Sounders any real chances to find the back of the net.
Next Up: While the Sounders’ MLS season is over Seattle made it to the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Champions League, which will take place at the end of March next year.
It’s been a great year, and we hope 2012 is better. Seattle FC now has some time to rest up. As do I.
|Final (Game 2)||G1||G2||AGG|
|Real Salt Lake||3||0||3|