The Sounders really have their work cut out for them to make it to the their first ever MLS finals after Saturday night’s 3-0 loss in Salt Lake City to Real Salt Lake in the first leg of this playoff series.
Here are 5 reasons the Sounders lost to Real Salt Lake.
1. The Sounders could not keep up the momentum - These teams were heading in different directions entering the playoffs, as the Sounders had won 5 of their last 6 matches while Real Salt Lake had not won in their last 6 matches with 4 losses and 2 draws.
All the momentum shifted right from the opening whistle in this game with Real Salt Lake dominating the match on both sides of the pitch.
2. 2 mistakes led to 2 goals - the Sounders made 2 big mistakes on Saturday night and it really cost them. With the score at 0-0 late in the first half Seattle GK Kasey Keller was out of position and Alvaro Saborío scored an easy goal tapping the ball in the net after getting a pass from Chris Wingert.
Down 2-0 at the end of the 2nd half the Sounders made a terrible clearing ball and Real Salt Lake’s Ned Grabavoy jumped on it, beat a Seattle defender, and found the back of the twine to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
3. The Sounders could not find their offensive groove - Through 90 minutes Real Salt Lake did not allow a single shot on goal.
The Seattle offense had been playing pretty good offense before the playoffs, but the put almost no pressure on the Real defense on Saturday night.
4. Real Salt Lake wanted it more - You could tell Real Salt Lake wanted it more, as they dominated every aspect of the match and they were especially more physical in the match.
5. The Sounders picked the wrong time to have one of their worst matches of the season - The Sounders simply could not get anything going in the match and it was possibly their worst match on the season. Yeah, the playoffs are not a good time for that to happen.
Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid stated, “We’re lucky we didn’t lose 6-0.
We were well-served by losing only 3-0. We played not well and I thought Real Salt Lake played very well.
It was a bad time for us to choose to have a bad game, and obviously they had a really good game.
Hats off to them.”
Next Up: On Wednesday November 2nd the Sounders will host Real Salt Lake in the 2nd leg of this playoff series and the Sounders need to score at least 4 goals to advance.