Gustav Svensson and Nicolas Lodeiro unlocked a 0-0 halftime deadlock and propelled the Seattle Sounders FC to next Tuesday ‘s Western Conference Final against LAFC. A gusty performance by Seattle keeper Stefan Frei was the key in the Sounders recording the clean sheet. Frei’s communication with his back line was able to withstand Real Salt Lake offensive pressure.
- With Wednesdays result, Sounders FC advances to the Western Conference Championship to face the winner of tomorrow’s match between LAFC and the LA Galaxy. The Western Conference Championship is set for Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
- Seattle is set to play in the Western Conference Championship for the fifth time in the last eight seasons, including the third time in the past four campaigns.
- Sounders FC is now 14-2-3 all-time at home in the playoffs, including 11-0-1 in its last 12 matches.
- Seattle has posted a clean sheet in five of its last seven playoff victories.
- Sounders FC tonight won its 11th consecutive match in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs at CenturyLink Field. The streak is the second-longest in league history behind D.C. United, which won its first 12 home playoff games in club history. The Sounders FC winning streak started on November 30, 2014, with a Western Conference Championship second leg victory vs. the LA Galaxy.
- Sounders FC tonight improved to 3-1-1 all-time against Real Salt Lake in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, including a 2-0-1 record at CenturyLink Field.
- Nicolás Lodeiro has now recorded two goals and two assists in his last three playoff matches. Tonight, he recorded a goal and an assist in the same playoff game for the first time in his career. His goal was the sixth of his playoff career, which ranks him tied for first in Sounders FC history with Clint Dempsey. Tonight’s assist was the fourth of his playoff career, which ranks him second in Sounders FC history, behind only Joevin Jones (6).
- Gustav Svensson’s goal was his first of the season and his first since October 21, 2018 in a 3-2 win at Houston. The marker was the second of his playoff career, as he also scored on November 21, 2017 in a 2-0 win at Houston in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship.
- Stefan Frei recorded his ninth career playoff shutout, extending his own club record and gaining sole position of fourth place in league history.
- Raúl Ruidíaz now ranks tied for third in assists in Sounders FC playoff history with three. He has now recorded an assist in consecutive games for the second time this season (also: August 23 at Portland and September 1 vs. LA Galaxy).
- Brad Smith’s assist was the first of his playoff career. He ranked third on the club and first among defenders with six assists during the regular season.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Real Salt Lake 0Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistants: Nick Uranga, Kathryn Nesbitt
Fourth Official: Rubiel VazquezVAR: Jon Freemon
Weather: 52 degrees and partly cloudy
SEA – Gustav Svensson (Nicolás Lodeiro) 64
‘SEA – Nicolás Lodeiro (Raúl Ruidíaz, Brad Smith) 81
RSL – Nedum Onuoha (caution) 28′
SEA – Nicolás Lodeiro (caution) 82
‘RSL – Everton Luiz (ejection) 83′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres (Xavier Arreaga 49′), Kim Kee-hee, Brad Smith; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Joevin Jones (Víctor Rodríguez 62′), Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Jordan Morris (Jordy Delem 71′); Raúl Ruidíaz
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Nouhou, Harry Shipp, Luis Silva
Total shots: 20 (Ruidíaz, 8)
Shots on goal: 10 (Ruidíaz, 4)
Fouls: 9 (Lodeiro/Leerdam, 2
)Offside: 2 (Morris/ Ruidíaz, 1)
Corner-kicks: 9 (Lodeiro, 9)
Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)
Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando; Donny Toia, Nedum Onuoha, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera; Kyle Beckerman – captain (Sebastian Saucedo 80′), Everton Luiz, Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnak; Corey Baird (Joao Plata 73′), Damir Kreilach (Sam Johnson 76′)
Substitutes not used: Andrew Putna, Kelyn Rowe, Brooks Lennon, Marcelo Silva
Total shots: 7 (Savarino/Kreilach, 2)
Shots on goal: 1 (Kreilach, 1)
Fouls: 19 (Herrera, 4)
Offside: 2 (Savarino, 2)
Corner-kicks: 2 (Rusnak, 2)
Saves: 7 (Rimando, 7)