I’ll have a preview story in the Saturday paper, looking back to 2004, when Salt Lake City beat out Seattle for an MLS expansion team.
But for now, an early look at the first one-field meeting of the two sides:
REAL SALT LAKE
AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-0-0; 3 pts.)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Qwest Field.
TV: KONG 6/16.
Radio: 710 AM, 97.3 FM, and in Spanish on 1210 AM.
Other meetings: Seattle makes its regular-season return visit to Salt Lake on Aug. 8. The sides also will meet April 28 at Tukwila in a play-in match for the U.S. Open Cup.
Coach Sigi Schmid’s scouting report: "You pretty much know (RSL) is going to be a 4-4-2. … They got a great playmaker in (Javier) Morales, who can be very, very dangerous. They have good speed up front in (Yura) Movsisyan and (Robbie) Findley. They have a couple other midfielders who have an eye for a game in Clint Mathis and Will Johnson, people like that. (Kyle) Beckerman’s as good a defensive midfielder. (RSL has) made some good moves, but I think that trade for Beckerman was one of the best they’ve ever made. They’ve got some experience in the back with (Jamison) Olave and (Nat) Borchers. It’s definitely a quality team. Nick Rimando is one of my favorite people — it’s always fun playing against him in goal."
Notes: It’s pronounced RAY-al. "Internationally, the ‘Real’ brand signifies soccer at its highest level," owner David Checketts said. … On the Salt Lake roster is midfielder Raphael Cox, who was raised in Tacoma and played for the University of Washington. … For the second time, Sounders FC has called up goalkeeper Ben Dragavon using the "extreme hardship" rule to provide a second keeper while Chris Eylander remains unavailable due to knee injury. … Defender Jeff Parke is no longer with the Sounders. He worked out during the week, but the sides did not agree on a contract. Schmid said a trade of his MLS rights will be considered. … Sounders forward Nate Jaqua has scored five goals in his last five games against RSL. … The game is sold out. … Fans again are invited to "March to the Match" starting 90 minutes before kickoff at Occidental Park near Pioneer Square. … Fans also are encouraged to donate to the "Nothing but Net" anti-malaria campaign. Donations can be made at the stadium gates or at the Pro Shop.
Next: 1 p.m. April 4; at Toronto, BMO Field; FSN.