NO. 3 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
AT NO. 2 REAL SALT LAKE
7 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.
TV: Locally on KONG 6/16, regionally on Root and nationally on NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 14, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 126, Fredy Montero; SOG 46, Montero; GAA 0.73, Michael Gspurning. For RSL: G 17, Alvaro Saborio; A 9, Javier Morales; S 87, Saborio; SOG 40, Saborio; GAA 1.06, Nick Rimando.
HEAD TO HEAD: The teams opened this series with a scoreless draw in Seattle on Friday. RSL won the regular-season series 1-0-2, with a 1-0 win May 12 in Seattle followed by a pair of scoreless draws home and away. Last season, RSL took a 3-2 aggregate score victory from the Sounders in the first round of the playoffs, including a 3-0 win at Rio Tinto.
NOTES: The winner advances to the Western Conference finals. The loser’s season ends. … There must be a result. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be 30 minutes of added time. If the tie remains, the game will be decided by penalty kicks. … Johnson is expected to play after missing Game One with a leg strain. Rosales (hamstring) traveled with the team, but his playing status is questionable. … RSL has the only goals scored over the four games these teams have played this season. Neither has scored in the last 309 minutes of the series. … Overall, RSL hasn’t allowed a goal in 343 minutes and hasn’t scored one in 332 minutes. … The Sounders are 0-3 in playoff series. They are 0-3 in road playoff games, losing by a combined 6-1. … Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is the only Sounder to have played every minute of every playoff match. … RSL is 1-4 in home elimination games across all competitions. … Seattle’s Brad Evans and Jeff Parke received yellow cards in the first leg, as did Salt Lake’s Morales and Kyle Beckerman. All four players are caution away from a one-game suspension. …The referee is Chris Penso.
QUOTABLE: “With their home crowd behind them they’re going to probably feel a little more of a responsibility to attack; and if they attack a little more that gives us a little bit of space to counter into. Which way that they approach it, I don’t know. I think the first 20 minutes are going to be very important.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: The winner will begin the two-game, aggregate-score Western Conference final Sunday at Los Angeles.