Real Salt Lake fell 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders Friday in front of over 50,000 screaming Seattle fans.
The loss in a top of the West battle officially relinquishes the Supporters’ Shield lead to the red-hot Sounders who have now won eight of their last nine matches. Seattle now leads Salt Lake by one point in the standings but has played two fewer games.
Things started poorly for Salt Lake, who fell behind in the third minute and were unable to level things up. Jason Kreis’ men looked like they might score as the first half wore on, but they were unable to make the last pass or touch necessary to get a good shot. A defensive error pushing forward would cost Salt Lake a second goal late in the first half, and that proved to be insurmountable.
Seattle came out on attack, which paid off in the third minute of play. The goal started when Obafemi Martins one-touched a ball down to the end line. Andy Rose got to the ball and whipped in a cross that Martins quickly finished past a helpless Nick Rimando.
Seattle kept up the pressure. Rimando kept the Seattle lead at one in the 7th minute when a Mauro Rosales corner kick found the head of Zach Scott. Rimando made a diving save to keep the ball out of the net.
Salt Lake regained some semblance of control and started to play its style in the ensuing minutes. Joao Plata gave the visitors their first good opportunity of the match when he drove through a crowd in the 31st minute and fired a bullet from distance. His shot along the ground missed just wide of the Seattle net.
Seattle regained its footing and scored a second in the 38th minute. It started when the RSL defense got stretched out chasing the ball and left a wide open lane for DeAndre Yedlin to dribble up the right side unchallenged. Yedlin played a cross in to Lamar Neagle who finished past Rimando.
That allowed the first half to finish with Salt Lake in a big hole.
The visitors went to a 4-3-3 to start the second half by bringing in Olmes Garcia for Luis Gil; however, this stretched out the midfield and made it difficult for Salt Lake to get the ball into the attacking third.
As a result, Salt Lake was unable to pull even one score back before referee Allan Chapman signaled for full time.
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