Real Salt Lake fell 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders Saturday in the side’s second match of the Desert Diamond Cup.
All three goals came in the second half with Seattle’s reserves in the lineup, though the Emerald City side was able to get two on Salt Lake’s first (healthy) team.
Here is what we learned:
- The Newcomers Look Good: They played just over 15 minutes, but Salt Lake’s reserves brought an energy and willingness to pull the trigger that the first team simply did not. They pulled back a goal and made the match somewhat competitive.
- Morales is Desperately Needed: Salt Lake’s first team went scoreless again. The side didn’t create many solid chances. Stu put it well in our hangout… they are really missing a playmaker. Salt Lake’s offense is predicated on one, and, until someone steps up (or Morales gets healthy), the side is going to struggle to score.
- Seattle/RSL First Teams Still Scoreless: After an epic, nearly scoreless, playoff series last year, these sides made headlines for being unable to score on one another. This trend continued in the first half, when both first teams were in the match. The next time these two play a meaningful match, it’s going to be a close affair with goals at a premium. That probably comes from playing each other so many times over the last two seasons.
- Back Line is Close: The big question mark for the first part of the season will be Salt Lake’s young and inexperienced back line. With Borchers and Wingert still recovering, Real Salt Lake will be needing Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Kenny Mansally to step up. Both had rough moments in tonight’s match, but they both looked good at times as well. Consistency is hard for a back line, but these guys need to find it in the next two weeks or the side will struggle as the season starts. Fortunately, it looks like both Kwame and Kenny are close.
Be sure to check out our inaugural post-match hangout where Stu and I break down the match.
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