The Sounders have arrived in Utah — although the club confirms that Mauro Rosales was not among the travel party.
It is a beautiful day in the Salt Lake City area, and the forecast calls for similar tomorrow when Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake meet in their MLS playoff opener.
However, the forecast also calls for temperatures sinking into the 40s about the time the game kicks off at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. Also a potential factor could be the 4,450-foot elevation of Sandy, Utah, the southern suburb where Rio Tinto Stadium is located.
The Sounders say those factors won’t matter:
Coach SIGI SCHMID on the temperatures:
“Obviously we’re used to cold weather, as well, so I don’t think that’s going to be an issue…The only thing that ever worries me about a game is wind.”
Defender JEFF PARKE on if players feel the elevation:
“I think it’s more in Colorado than it is there, but it’s definitely a little bit. It’s the atmosphere. They have a really good fan base. They have a really good team. They went – what? – 34 games or something unbeaten there. So it’s definitely built up a reputation as a tough place to come and get points and do well there.”