Some reading material leading up to tonight’s 7 p.m. first kick between Sounders and Real Salt Lake:
This MLSsoccer.com piece tries to quantify Seattle’s chance of advancing. (Not great.)
Here’s this morning’s TNT preview, which also quantifies the difficulty. (Great.)
Here’s a preview from the Salt Lake Tribune, with RSL perceptively anticipating an intense Seattle attack.
Next, an MLSsoccer.com update calling the status of RSL central defenders Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave gametime decisions.
And finally, a Deseret News piece about the potential dangers of RSL coming out with too defensive an attitude.
(I actually tried to get Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to talk about that, but he seemed limited in his sympathy for that particular RSL challenge):
“I think you’d rather be three ahead than three behind at this stage. We can start painting pictures and say, ‘Oh, a two goal lead is the worst lead in soccer,’ and talk about all that…But you’d rather be up two than down two, I think anybody would tell you that. It is what it is. It’s the reality. We can’t go back. We can’t change Saturday’s game. We can’t change our performance from that night because it’s not going to change that result. What we can is change our performance and effect the result tomorrow night. That’s our intention. That’s our goal.”