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Pre-Match Reading: RSL v. Seattle, Second Leg

With Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders facing off to move forward and face LA Galaxy, catch up on the stories, stats and lineup projection before the match.


Reading and viewing

Projected lineup

Rimando; Beltran, Watson-Siriboe, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman, Grabavoy, Johnson, Morales; Paulo Jr., Saborio

With, of course, Olave and Espindola on the bench to come in if necessary/desirable.

Suspension concerns

Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales will need to be on their behaviors, as they're both sitting on yellow card cautions. Two yellow cards in the playoffs leads to a suspension, but yellow card accumulation is wiped clean upon entry of the MLS Cup final.

Vital stats

  • Real Salt Lake are goalless in four consecutive matches, but also haven't conceded in those four. RSL is on a stellar defensive run — three goals conceded in 12 matches is an enviable mark.
  • With LA Galaxy defeating San Jose in the other semifinal, RSL would hold home advantage if they go through. The first leg would be Sunday at the Home Depot Center, with the second leg at Rio Tinto a week later. There's plenty left to play before that becomes a consideration, though.
  • Seattle has never progressed from a knockout playoff round. Ever.
  • Last time the Sounders set foot at the Rio Tinto was July 4 in a match that ended in a 0-0 draw. That match saw the debuts of Kenny Mansally and Kwame Watson-Siriboe.