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Gameday comes: RSL at Sounders, 7 p.m.

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2011 at 1:01 am with No Comments »
November 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Here’s a quick look at tonight’s concluding match of the aggregate-score series between Real Salt Lake and Sounders FC:

NO. 3 REAL SALT LAKE (15-11-3 IN REGULAR SEASON)
AT NO. 2 SOUNDERS FC (18-7-9)
7 p.m.; CenturyLink Field.
TV:
ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: RSL leads 3-2-2, including a 3-0 win the only postseason meeting, Saturday in Utah.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS: For Seattle – G 12, Fredy Montero; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 108, Montero; SOG 42, Montero; GAA 1.09; Kasey Keller. For RSL – G 11, Alvaro Saborio; A 9, Kyle Beckerman; S 66, Saborio; SOG 31, Fabian Espindola; GAA 1.09, Nick Rimando.
NOTES: This is the deciding match of an aggregate-score, home-and-away series. Total goals over the two games decide the winner. RSL holds a three-goal lead from Game One. If total goals are even after 90 minutes, there will be 30 minutes of extra time. If goals remain even, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks. … Seattle put no shots on goal in the first leg. … RSL central defenders Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers are both questionable with quadriceps strains. Rosales (knee) is out. … If Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Fredy Montero or RSL’s Fabian Espindola is cautioned, he would miss the conference final due to accumulation. … The referee is Jair Marrufo. … The club said “a limited number” of tickets remained available Tuesday. … If the Sounders are eliminated, the final whistle will mark the end of goalkeeper Kasey Keller’s playing career.
QUOTABLE: “(If) that’s the way it works out, then that’s the way it works out. I just want to go out and win the game (tonight), and hopefully we win by a big enough margin. But that’s all part of team play: You don’t have that choice. You go out and play the best you can for the team, and hope it’s enough.” – Keller on the chance this is his last game.
NEXT: The series winner will meet the Los Angeles/New York winner on Sunday in the single-elimination Western Conference final. The season ends for the loser.

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