The streak had to come to an end eventually, didn’t it? The Seattle Sounders traveled to Real Salt Lake Saturday, losing 2-1 at Rio Tinto and marking an end to our 75 straight MLS matches without a loss in two consecutive matches. We can kiss our 408-minute shutout streak goodbye. Adios. Sayonara.
A diving header from Luis Gil gave RSl the 2-0 lead before the half. Salt Lake controlled most of the first half, constantly challenging Sounders keep Michael Gspurning within the first 10 minutes. For Real, injuries came early as Robbie Findley was taken out in the 12th minute with a left adductor strain, minutes after scoring the first goal for RSL.
His first goal of the season, Brad Evans brought Seattle up in the second half providing a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately the first half was a forgettable one as the Sounders struggled to find their footing on the pitch.
The second half showed a little more power from the Sounders as DeAndre Yedlin pushed high while Martins and Eddie Johnson constantly stretched out the RSL backline, however, RSL rookie Devon Sandoval forced himself through Seattle’s shaky defense, leaving opportunities for his teammates.
Kudos to Michael Gspurning who kept the rave green army in check, making a total of six saves, surpassing last year’s career high in a regular season match.
The Sounders shift their focus back to CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday as the semi-final match against Santos Laguna takes place at Century Link Field.
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