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Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Sounders 0 – 0 RSL

Talk about a chippy game.

Five yellow cards between RSL and the Sounders, and there could’ve been a couple more if you ask me, including a red that looked like it was taken back by the ref.

Sigi Schmid had every reason to be upset after this game, it seemed that the officials were not only not on our side tonight, but blatantly against us.

Hopefully when the tape of the game makes it to the headquarters there will be some sort of punishment handed out for tonight’s lead ref, because that was about as amateurish as you will ever see in a professional sporting event.

The Sounders had a damn good shot at putting the game away late on a cross from Mauro Rosales, but Cordell Cato just couldn’t come up with the ball in the box.

Keeper was beat, defenders were beat, but the cross just had a touch too much on it for Cato. Such are the breaks when you are in the middle of a nine game winless streak.

With the win by Vancouver, Seattle now slips to fourth in the Western Conference, but still have five points clear on Colorado Rapids, whom they will face Saturday at the XBOX Pitch

The great thing about this being such an early time in the Sounders MLS career is we get to see the development of great rivalries unfold before our very eyes.

And from the way tonight’s game was played, this looks like a great rivalry in the making.

Love ‘em

Strong back line

The defense bailed us out big time tonight.

Even in some of their sloppiness, someone stepped up big to save the day. Especially Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.

When the ball was not cleared by Leo Gonzalez early in the match, and with three RSL players in the box, Hurtado stuck out a brave toe to clear away the danger before the ball could be put on target.

Even when a sure own goal by Jeff Parke was apparent, Bryan Meredithwas Johnny on the spot with his own cat like reflexes to keep the game level.

The winless streak is now at 9 as the Sounders and RSL play to a 0-0 draw. (photo SOFIA JARAMILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM)

Clean sheet

For the first time since their last win at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas against FC Dallas, the Sounders were able to keep a clean sheet.

Not really tested a whole lot, except for the above mentioned almost own goal incident, and a shot right on earlier in the second half, Bryan Meredith was looking more like the keeper who took over for Michael Gspurning, than the one who gave up four goals in Montreal.

With the fourth string keeper on the bench for this game, Meredith really didn’t have any other choice than to be brilliant tonight.

Hate ‘em 

Lack of any offensive pressure

Both Freddy Montero and Eddie Johnson were stymied for much of this game.

Montero had a go with a long shot early in the game, but was pretty quiet after that.

Same goes for Eddie Johnson. He had a couple of opportunities, but for the most part was kept out of any danger by the RSL defense.

Really, besides the scoring chance by Cato, the only other real threat for the Sounders was on a corner which Zach Scott headed just wide of the net.

Officiating

There was a time during the game that I thought about turning the sound off because I was so sick of hearing the referee’s whistle going off every ten seconds.

I thought last game was bad, this game seriously was one of the worst officiated that I have ever seen in my life.

Countless non calls, not to mention a few corner kicks that were missed in favor of goal kicks. The non red card, and what the hell was up with the ref stopping Rosales on the throw in when we had a chance at a break?

Like I said above, I hope there is some sort of punishment handed down for the head ref tonight.

Next up for the Sounders is Saturday home against the Colorado Rapids. Game will be aired on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 local time.

So that means are old buddy Arlo White will be back in town for this one!

Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com

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