Sounders 0 – 0 Real Salt Lake
With the draw, the Sounders gain a point in the standings, but so does Real Salt Lake, who remain 3 points ahead of Seattle for the playoff chase.
This was a chippy little affair on both sides of the ball, as the referee had a hard time keeping his hand out of his pocket reaching for his cards, pen, and book.
The Sounders did eke out the point tonight, and are especially lucky to survive the goalless match after going down to 10 men when Zach Scott was sent off in the 30th minute.
With the World Cup Qualifying going on over the weekend and early portion of this week, the Sounders were without their reemerging superstar Eddie Johnson up front.
Sammy Ochoa slid in to the starting eleven in place of Johnson. Another roster move that was a little strange if you ask me, was Brad Evans being placed in the RB position.
A win would have been golden on Wednesday night, but to manage the draw against the team ahead of us is still a good result, especially being down to 10 men for the last hour of play.
Seattle now holds a three point lead on 4th place LA Galaxy, and they have been on the mend lately, and missing their star player Landon Donovan.
Michael Gspurning single handily kept the point in the Sounders draw column in this match.
Gspurning had a nice save in the first half, as well as a clearance on the play in which Zach Scott was sent off on, but his biggest saves came in the final minutes of the game.
RSL moved many men forward and were having a field day with getting off shots at the Seattle net, but Gspurning stood strong, diving for balls, deflecting them up and over the net, keeping his clean sheet.
Perhaps his biggest save of the night was on the final shot, one that was deflected by Andy Rose right through the legs of Gspurning.
Luckily, the ball went wide of the post off of his legs, and out for a corner.
Poor calls on Scott
Not once, but twice Zach Scott was at the heart of poor calls on contested plays.
The second one was even worse than the first, and resulted in his second yellow card. Maybe it was because the player went down with injury, but regardless, it was a terrible call.
A poor challenge? Probably, Scott was just a second too late, coming in on the back of the heels of the RSL player, but a yellow was out of line I think.
No ground gained
This was the match that the Sounders had been looking towards for the better part of a month.
A chance to gain ground in the playoff race while in striking distance of second place.
A point is good, but the three would have been great. Now we have to wait for the San Jose Earthquakes to help us out by defeating LA on Sunday.
Next up is FC Dallas home on Sunday. Game can be seen on ESPN at 6:00 local time.
This is a must win game for FC Dallas as they try to fight their way into the last playoff berth. What better way to spoil that than with a win at home by the Sounders!
Match highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com