Sounders 0 – 0 Real Salt Lake
The worst possible thing that could’ve happened, did happen on Friday night. The Sounders failed to score a goal against RSL at home, and now head to Rio Tinto without any sort of advantage.
In fact, RSL probably holds all of the momentum heading back to Utah, especially after the performance tonight by Nick Rimando.
Rimando earned himself a clean sheet, and what probably should be a starting nod for the USMNT the next time they take the field.
He was unbelievable tonight, even with the result not going in our favor, it is hard to not applaud the kind of game that Nick Rimando had tonight.
The draw wasn’t because of a lack of effort on the Sounders part, that’s for sure.
They had shots coming throughout the entire match, but once again, just couldn’t get lucky enough to put one in the back of the net.
Scoring chances came from every position on the pitch, from Jhon Kennedy Hurtado‘s header, to a Sammy Ochoa blast that went high, to a Christian Tiffert perfectly placed header, to some well timed runs and crosses into the box.
And for each time I raised my arms thinking we had the goal, Nick Rimando was there to stop them.
A very frustrating game to watch, but a very exciting one as well.
Once again, the Sounders will now have to deal with a very stingy RSL defense to avoid being eliminated from the MLS Playoffs for the 4th consecutive year.
All it would have taken was one lucky bounce, and with the way the Sounders attacked the net tonight, that really shouldn’t have been too much to ask.
But, the football God’s were not on our side once again, and now it will be up to Michael Gspurning to keep another clean sheet next week, and hope that Eddie Johnson will return in time to put one of his beautiful headers past Rimando to finally break this curse.
Just a short one this week kids, as the game is not exactly over yet. We still got 90 more minutes to see if the Sounders can achieve greatness against our arch enemies RSL next week.
Till then, keep them scarves up, and stay EBFG!
Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com