RSL Falls 1-0 at Seattle Sounders FC

SEATTLE, Wash. (Saturday, April 6, 2019) – Real Salt Lake (1-4-1, 4 points) fell to Western Conference foe Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, seeing the club drop its fourth straight match.

Seattle found the game’s only goal when Nicolas Lodeiro volleyed home at the back post in the 18th minute to put the hosts ahead. The goal came after continued pressure from Seattle that RSL negotiated well through the first 15 minutes of the match. The next 30 minutes of the match saw RSL and Seattle trade possession through the center of the field. FWSam Johnson was a presence in the attack during his first start in Major League Soccer, providing a threat to the Sounders FC back line throughout the first half.

RSL came out of the halftime break calmer on the ball, maintaining possession and creating opportunities to score around the Sounders FC penalty area. Johnson nearly found the equalizer in the 52nd minute but hits left-footed effort from inside the area skipped just wide of the far post. In the 74th minute FW Jefferson Savarino saw RSL’s best chance of the night go beckoning when he brought the ball down beautifully inside the penalty area before firing a shot off the upright of the goal with the outside of his right foot.

RSL Head CoachMike Petke elected to bring on FW Tate Schmitt and MF Sebastian Saucedo in the second half as the Utah side looked for the equalizer that never came as the match ended 1-0 in favor of Sounders FC.

UP NEXT: Real Salt Lake will return to Rio Tinto Stadium to host Orlando City SC on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00p MT.


SEA: Nicolas Lodeiro (Cristian Roldan), 18th minute:A recycled ball on the right side of the Sounders attack saw Roldan with the ball at his feet with time to serve. Roldan did well to pick out Lodeiro at the back post who volleyed home a first-time effort past Rimando and inside the near post.


- DF Justen Glad (toe), DF Tony Beltran (knee) and FW Joao Plata (ankle) were out of action due to injury. Glad and Plata featured for Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday afternoon as each played 59 minutes. Plata scored the second goal of the match, which was subsequently the match-winning goal for the Monarchs in its 3-1 win over Reno.

- FW Sam Johnson made his first MLS start after coming off the bench in his previous four appearances thus far for RSL.

- DF Marcelo Silva left the match in the 87th minute with hamstring tightness  

Match: Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC
Date: April 6, 2019
Venue: CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 37,722
Weather: Sunny and 49 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F 
Real Salt Lake                   0              0              0
Sounders FC                      1              0              1

SEA: Nicolas Lodiero (Cristian Roldan) 18’

Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): Nick Rimando; Brooks Lennon, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva (Luis Arriaga, 87’), Aaron Herrera; Kyle Beckerman, Everton Luiz; Corey Baird (Tate Schmitt 85’), Albert Rusnák, Jefferson Savarino; Sam Johnson (Sebastian Saucedo, 69’)

Subs not used: Andrew Putna, Donny Toia, Nick Besler, Justin Portillo

Sounders FC: (4-5-1): Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Brad Smith; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris, Nicolás Lodeiro, Victor Rodríguez (Nouhou Tolo, 81’); Will Bruin (Harry Shipp, 73’)

Subs not used: Bryan Meredith, Román Torres, Handwalla Bwana, Alex Roldan Jordy Delem

Stats Summary: SEA / RSL
Shots: 11 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 0 / 4


SEA – Cristian Roldan (caution) 73’
SEA – Kevin Leerdam (caution) 78’
RSL – Marcelo Silva (caution) 83’

Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Michael Kampmeinert, Matthew Nelson
4th Official: Alex Chilowicz
VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.