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Morning reading from other MLS playoff series

The Sounders return to training this morning. I’ll be back with news and updates after that.

Meanwhile, a little catching up on the three playoff results from Sunday:

Los Angeles 1, New York 0. Red Bulls lose game and player.

Houston 2, Philadelphia 1. Nowak thinks that might be a good thing.

Kansas City 2, Colorado 0. Defending champions in trouble.


Three-goal routs rare, but they do happen

The Sounders returned home today to face a goal is as straightforward as it is daunting.

“We’ve got to score four,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “It’s very simple. We can’t allow any goals. There’s no secret strategy. Everybody’s got to play better soccer than what they’ve played. Everybody’s got to put in a better performance, from the coaching staff, to the support staff, to the players. Everybody’s got to do better at what they did, because (Saturday) wasn’t good enough.”

Real Salt Lake’s 3-0 rout of Seattle on Saturday means the Sounders need to outscore Salt Lake by at least

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Schmid: “We’re lucky we didn’t lose 6-0″

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid didn’t go out of his way to paint any pretty pictures into his club’s 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake tonight.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On the overall play of his team:
“We’re lucky we didn’t lose 6-0. We were well-served by losing only 3-0. We played not well and I thought Real Salt Lake played very well. It was a bad time for us to choose to have a bad game, and obviously they had a really good game. Hats off to them.”

On his team’s difficulty on the

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Sounders admit domination, say they can recover

A lot of the Sounders had already made their way to the bus before the media made it to the locker room. And a couple of others chose not to speak. But here’s some of the reaction after their 3-0 loss.

On the result)
It’s simple. We got dominated. There’s nothing much to say. Even with that, I thought we had chances, definitely. They’re a very good team. You’re not going to get a lot of chances away from home. Obviously we were on the wrong side of some unfortunate bounces as well, and that’s going

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RSL credits strongest lineup and good crowd

Reaction from Real Salt Lake after their 3-0 win over the Sounders tonight:

On getting Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales back on the field at the same time:

“I’d speak more to having everybody on the field at the same time – our strongest lineup. I don’t think we’ve had that ability to pick our absolute strongest lineup since the first leg of the (CONCACAF Champions League) final at Monterrey.”

On whether or not Real Salt Lake kept their focus for 90 minutes:
“Yeah, I was very, very pleased.

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Salt Lake takes 3-0 advantage as series shifts to Seattle

Playoffs about to begin at Real Salt Lake.

Those Sounders FC playoff problems continued tonight, as Real Salt Lake opened their two-game, aggregate-score series with a dominating 3-0 win.

“We’re lucky we didn’t lose six-nothing,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “We were well served by only losing three-nothing. We played not well and I thought Real Salt Lake played very well. A bad time for us to choose to have a bad game. Obviosuly they had a very, very good game. Hats off to them.”

The result actually represents the score halfway through a 180-minute competition. So the Sounders will have three goals to make up Wednesday when the series resolves at CenturyLink Field.

These were the No. 2 and 3 clubs during the MLS regular season, with Seattle finishing 10 points ahead of Salt Lake. However, RSL dominated their first playoff before a crowd of 17,066 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Only missed chances and some diving Kasey Keller saves kept the game scoreless until deep into the first half.

RSL finally broke through in the 41st minute. Chris Wingert had found space in the penalty area and sent the ball to the far post, where Alvaro Saborio nudged it in.

Referee Mark Geiger ran to the sideline to discuss possible offside with his lineman before awarding the goal.

Soon thereafter, Geiger whistled to an end what had been a bad first half for the Sounders, who put no shots on goal compared to five by Salt Lake.

Still, the second half somehow started worse, with RSL dominating early. Seattle was fortunate to survive a three-shot sequence in the 47th minute with Keller making two point-blank saves, but not being able to control either. The treat ended as Andy Williams sent the second rebound over the bar.

However, Salt Lake pushed it to 2-0 in the 53rd minute, when Javier Morales rolled a ball across the penalty area, and Saborio back-heeled it just inside the far post.

Ned Grabavoy added one from close range in the 88th minute.

The winner of this series will go on to the Western Conference final Nov. 6 against the winner of the New York-Los Angeles series, which begins Sunday.

Seattle is now 0-4-1 in MLS playoff games and they have been outscored by a total of 7-1.

I’ll add more quotes in new posts below. Here are the unofficial stats:

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Just 30 percent chance of Sounders win tonight?

That’s the take of a pretty cool little Score Predictor device installed over at the site.

This isn’t a fan survery, btw, but rather a mathematical calculation.

However, before trying to book a flight down to Vegas today, you should note that the Score Predictor seems to be something of a statistical cousin to the Castrol Index, which ranks Seattle’s Alvero Fernandez, New York’s Thierry Henry, and Kansas City’s Chance Myers as the three top difference-making players in MLS.

(That said, the MLS Cup Predictor gives Seattle the second-best chance of winning the cup, behind

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