The Seattle Sounders face Real Salt Lake in a clash for dominance in MLS’s Western Conference. At stake is the number one spot on the table, which Seattle has held for the last five months. Seattle sits at 41 points and Salt Lake at 39, but with a win today, the Claret and Cobalt would be Kings of the West.
Fortune may not favor Seattle. The last time the Sounders played a big six-pointer with a premier Western foe, the L.A. Galaxy trounced them 3-0. Seattle is also playing their third game in seven days and has to travel to inhospitable Rio Tinto Stadium where they haven’t won since 2011. Seattle will not have the services of star striker Obafemi Martins, as they try to end RSL’s five game unbeaten streak.
RSL is looking strong coming into the back nine. They routed Eastern Conference powerhouse D.C. United 3-0 last weekend and have scored nine goals on their unbeaten run. However their star, and the tip of their potent diamond midfield, Javier Morales may be left out of the lineup with an injury.
Bold Prediction: I want to go with my heart and say, “Seattle takes them all!” But I get paid the big blogger bucks to provide insightful analysis (not unfettered homerism). RSL is a quality side, with or without Morales. Seattle has played a lot of soccer lately and faces another midgame week upcoming. I see another brain fart game in Sandy: RSL 3-2.