Sounders FC‘s steady-seven defender rotation have only allowed 3 goals. Helping Keepers Michael Gspurning and Bryan Meredith earn 6 shutouts. Including 3 in a row, with over 270 shutout-minutes. They are the back-line foundation of the Sounders early success. The best defensive unit in Major League Soccer through 9-matches.
All that defensive prowess and early success for the club will be tested tonight, 7pm at Century Link. Real Salt Lake bring their physical, but slick attacking style to Seattle. Kyle Beckerman and gang are as adept at scoring as any club in Major League Soccer. They have played 12-matches and stand top-of-the league with 23 points.
With a win tonight, Sounders have an opportunity to rise up and takeover the top spot in Major League Soccer. Doing so against Real Salt Lake would build the clubs only missing element of competitive success. Playoff confidence.
These are the types of matches the Sounders must begin to win if they want playoff success. In order to have confidence to march to the dream of hoisting the MLS Cup.
The Sounders have wrestled 12 points in their last 4 matches. The maximum possible. Part of a schedule as compact as a Mariners schedule. Featuring 5 matches in 15 days. Overall, the Sounders have won five in a row and are unbeaten in their last six matches. But none have been as significant, not even the 2-nil win over LA, as this match tonight with Real Salt Lake.
The Claret and Cobalt of Salt Lake City are the Sounders first real test of 2012. If a winner emerges, they could move to the top of the Western Conference. Even tops in MLS.
Last season the Sounders traveled to Salt Lake, braking Real Salt Lake’s 29-match home win streak. RSL countered in the playoffs with a 2-leg, 3-2 aggregate goal, heartbreaking playoff series victory over Seattle.
Is it a rivalry? Nothing like a Cascadia rivalry, but as Sigi said, “Is Manchester United Arsenal’s biggest rival? No, but it’s a rivalry game.”
“Any time you have two good teams playing each other and want to compete for top of the table, there’s always going to be a little bit of a rivalry there,” – Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC
Here are the Sounders Steady-Seven defensive rotation. Only 3-goals allowed. 6-shutouts. 270+ minutes of scoreless soccer.
#12 – Leo Gonzalez, #4 – Pat Ianni, #34 – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, #5 – Adam Johansson, #8 – Marc Burch, #20 – Zach Scott, #31 – Jeff Parke
Western Conference standings:
1 – Real Salt Lake, 23-pts, 7-W, 3-L, 2-D, (12 matches played)
2 – San Jose Earthquakes, 22-pts, 7-W, 2-L, 1-D, (10 matches played)
3 – Seattle Sounders FC, 22-pts, 7-W, 1-L, 1-D, (9 matches played)
Sporting Kansas City, 21-pts, 7-W, 2-L, 0-D, (9 matches played) – SKC play in the MLS Eastern Conference.
3-pts Win, 1-pt Draw, 0-pts Loss
Title by Hannah J Breuler, 9 year-old niece of SOS
She got the idea while sitting on oranges and reading the blog.
© 2012 Sales on Sounders by Ryan J Sales