Seattle was in charge for the first 20 to 30 minutes with some early set piece opportunities and Real Salt Lake's sharpness was lacking for much of the first portion as well. Nick Rimando came up with some nice saves preventing Seattle from putting a choke hold on the game. Even though Rimando was singlehandedly keeping RSL alive for a while, one of his saves wasn't enough and after a deflection from Nick Ozzie Alonso was able to tap it in to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead around the 30th minute. That goal seemed to be a wake up call and RSL turned on the jets and started pressing with a head of steam. Jordan Allen earned a corner towards the end of the first half and Joao Plata found Sunny Obayan who headed it nicely in the top right corner to equalize. The half ended knotted at one a piece.
Things were a bit more choppy coming out of the tunnels the second time. The two teams battled to try and earn that second goal and Juan Manuel Martinez had a good look at about the 55th minute or so but curled it wide past the goal. About 15 minutes later some chaotic play led to Jamison Olave and Aaron Maund mixing it up with USMNT staple Clint Dempsey. The physicality didn't slow down and a lot of dangerous plays resulted with both teams coming close to taking the lead. The lead came for RSL in the 86th after Burrito kept a ball alive after it looked dead and Jamison Olabe headed it home body to body with the keeper. There were some scary moments but RSL got the win at home assuaging fans' stress, ending things at 2-1.