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Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders | MLS Match Preview

REAL SALT LAKE vs SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
RIO TINTO STADIUM, Sandy, Utah
August 22, 2015 (WEEK 25, MLS Game #253)
8 p.m. MT (KMYU-12; KCPQ-13 FOX; MLS LIVE)

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Two teams in a desperate chase for postseason positions in the Western Conference meet when Real Salt Lake play host to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real begin the week six points out of sixth place and the final playoff position in the conference, their losing run now at three games following a 1-0 home defeat by the Portland Timbers last Saturday. Sounders FC hold that sixth-place position – three points ahead of their nearest pursuer – putting an end to a five-game losing run with a 4-0 win against Orlando City at CenturyLink Field last week.

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  • Obafemi Martins made his return to the Sounders FC lineup after a nine-match absence and scored two goals in a game for the second time this season, seeing his club snap its MLS-record five-game losing streak with a 4-0 win against Orlando City SC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon.
  • This is the first meeting of the season between the clubs; they will face each other again on the final weekend of the season on Decision Day at CenturyLink Field.
  • Home form prevailed a season ago, with Sounders FC winning the two meetings at CenturyLink Field and Real winning the lone encounter at Rio Tinto Stadium. The 3-2 Sounders FC win in the last matchup, on Sept. 12, marked the first goals scored by RSL in five trips to Seattle in all competitions; they had last scored at CenturyLink Field on May 12, 2012.
  • Sounders FC last won in league play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 28, 2011, a span of four games. Real have won their last three home games vs. Seattle.

REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Mike Rottersman; 4th: Younes Marrakchi
MLS Career: 102 games; FC/gm: 27.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 14; pens: 19

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: RSL: Luke Mulholland … SEA: Osvaldo Alonso
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: RSL: Jordan Allen, Olmes Garcia, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Demar Phillips … SEA: Andy Rose, Zach Scott, Tyrone Mears, Gonzalo Pineda
DISABLED LIST: SEA: Andres Correa, Andy Craven, Damian Lowe
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (15 meetings): Real 6 wins, 15 goals … Sounders FC 5 wins, 18 goals … Ties 4
AT SALT LAKE (7 meetings): Real 4 wins, 10 goals … Sounders FC 1 wins, 6 goals … Ties 2
FUTURE MATCH: 10/25: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, tbd
LAST YEAR (MLS)
5/31: SEA 4, RSL 0 (Pineda 42; Pappa 55; Barrett 62; Martins 90)
8/16: RSL 2, SEA 1 (Plata 53; Mulholland 57 – Barrett 72)
9/12: SEA 3, RSL 2 (Neagle 38; Martins 43; Rose 94+ -- Morales 30; Plata 50)

  • This is the first meeting of the season between the clubs; they will face each other again on the final weekend of the season on Decision Day at CenturyLink Field.
  • Home form prevailed a season ago, with Sounders FC winning the two meetings at CenturyLink Field and Real winning the lone encounter at Rio Tinto Stadium. The 3-2 Sounders FC win in the last matchup, on Sept. 12, marked the first goals scored by RSL in five trips to Seattle in all competitions; they had last scored at CenturyLink Field on May 12, 2012.
  • Sounders FC last won in league play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 28, 2011, a span of four games. Real have won their last three home games vs. Seattle.
  • Coaches record: Sigi Schmid vs. RSL: P21 W8 L8 D5 … Jeff Cassar vs. SEA: P3 W1 L2 D0

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Seattle
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Season Stats

Real Salt LakeSeattle Sounders FC
25Games Played25
7Wins11
10Losses12
8Draws2
27Goals30
38Goals Conceded27
213Shots207
104Shots on Target108
312Fouls committed292
320Fouls suffered294
57Offside49
110Corners114

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
RSL106711271.1
SEA106441301.2
01234+Avg
RSL426101.3
SEA442211.4
01234+Avg
RSL641010.8
SEA622201

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
RSL710224381.5
SEA109141271.1
01234+Avg
RSL471100.9
SEA821200.8
01234+Avg
RSL331142.2
SEA270211.4
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