Lackluster performance results in first RSL loss of 2014

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In a game where there were not many scoring opportunities for RSL, the Sounders were able to capitalize and win comfortably.

For the first 10 or 15 minutes of the game, RSL looked like they had possession with purpose and the game had a good feel for the men from Salt Lake. There really were not too many chances in either direction for the better part of the first half. Towards the end of the half, Seattle was able to get the ball in a dangerous position right in front of goal and with a ball waiting for someone to put a foot on it, Aaron Maund ran in for a shoulder to shoulder challenge that sent Lamar Neagle flying forcing the ref to make a decision. Unfortunately for RSL that decision flipped a switch on for Seattle when he pointed to the spot. Gonzalo Pineda converted on a well-taken penalty kick.

The second half only got worse as Maund converted a foul just outside the box in a spot that Marco Pappa is more than comfortable with and Pappa converted with Jeff Attinella nowhere close to saving it. Jeff Cassar made a few offensive minded subs but soon after the wind was taken out of RSL's sails when in the 62nd minute Chad Barrett finished after the Sounders were able to counter nearly the length of the field and easily finish with Maund chasing the whole way having been way out of position. Real Salt Lake did have a few chances down the stretch but were unable to convert. Seattle on the other hand put one last goal in in the dying minutes of the game. The match ended in a 4-0 win for Seattle and RSL suffered their first defeat of the season having not scored a goal for two straight games.

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