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domingo, 23 de outubro de 2016
Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake | 2016 MLS Match Preview
SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. REAL SALT LAKE CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington Sunday, Oct. 23 | Week #34 | MLS Game #339 5 pm ET (ESPN in US, MLS LIVE in Canada)
Two of the Western Conference's final four contenders for a spot in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs meet in downtown Seattle on Decision Day, both knowing that a positive result is needed to bank qualification for the postseason. Real Salt Lake enter the final week with a one-point lead over the Sounders in the standings and can clinch with a draw. But the Utah side are winless in their last six matches and have scored just four goals during that stretch, while Seattle are 4-1-1 in the same span. A loss for either side would expose them to risk of being passed by Sporting KC and Portland, should those teams dig out positive results in their respective games.
Nicolas Lodeiro returned to the lineup and scored his fourth goal since coming to MLS, but Sounders FC saw their winless streak hit two games following a four-game winning run, suffering a 2-1 loss at FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
Real saw their winless streak extended to six games with a third draw in that time, reaching a goalless result with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL has scored one goal over their last five matches.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season in league play, each having won by a 2-1 scoreline on their home ground. On Aug. 14, Nicolas Lodeiro scored one goal and set up another from Jordan Morris, in a Sounders FC win at CenturyLink Field. Jamisón Olave netted the late game-winner, giving Real the win March 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Sounders FC have won the last five meetings between the teams at CenturyLink Field. RSL have scored goals on their last three visits to Seattle; they had gone more than two seasons, dating back to 2012, without scoring at CenturyLink Field.
Real have won their last five home games vs. Seattle. Sounders FC last won in league play at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 28, 2011, a span of six games.