The Sounders will have a training session in Tukwila this morning and then fly to Utah, where they will open there away-and-home aggregate-score series against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
And that’s new. This is the third playoff appearance in Sounders history, but the first time they go in as the higher seed — and therefore the first time that they play away first and then play the deciding final 90 at home.
Everyone generally agrees that should be an advantage. But interestingly enough, it hasn’t played out that way for Salt Lake according to this note from the club:
RSL’s postseason and CONCACAF Champions League history indicates that Jason Kreis’ team actually prefers to host the first leg of a two-game, aggregate-goal, 180-minute series … In these situations, RSL is a perfect 3-0, advancing over Chivas USA (2008, MLS), Columbus Crew (2009, MLS) and Saprissa (2011, CCL) … When RSL owns the higher seed or by draw hosts the second leg, it boasts only a 1-2 mark, series losses against FC Dallas (2010, MLS) and Monterrey (2011, CCL) sandwiched around another series win over Columbus (2011, CCL)
Meanwhile, here’s what a few interested parties had to say:
RSL coach JASON KREIS “I really don’t know that I know the answer to that about who has Read more »