Real Salt Lake took a 2-0 advantage into halftime, however a very different Seattle team came out after the break. With more energy the Sounders were able to score, but it was not enough as RSL held on to win 2-1.
Five minutes after the opening whistle, RSL forward Robbie Findley scored his first goal of the season in a scramble in front of the Sounder's net. Despite Seattle fighting to clear, Findley's tapped the ball past keeper Michael Gspurning in a second effort. The play led to an unfortunate strain to Findley's left adductor, and he was forced to leave just 14 minutes into the game.Comment on this story
Later, Ned Grabavoy floated a ball from the end line into the box and Luis Gil made contact with a diving header to put the ball in the net. Real had 16 total shots, nine on target in the first half.
The second half became the physical battle RSL expected from the Sounders. Seattle's Brad Evans scored on a controlled first touch from just inside the box to cut the advantage 2-1. In the chippy game, only one player was booked when Sounder's midfielder Andy Rose was offered a yellow card in the 86th minute.
Real Salt Lake finished the match with 25 total shots.