Second-half RSL substitute Álvaro Saborío scores on header in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. And this one goes into the books as a 2-2 draw.
Both teams 1-1-1 after three weeks. Sounders return home to meet Kansas City next Saturday at noon.
Encouraging performance? Or too frustrating for silver linings? (More frustrating draw: This one, or DC at home last season?)
Next up: Kansas City at noon Saturday at Qwest. The Wizards moved to 2-0 today with a win over Colorado.
Early and unofficial stats:
Scoring Summary: SEA -- Steve Zakuani 1 (James Riley 1) 11RSL -- Will Johnson 1 (Robbie Russell 1, Robbie Findley 2) 53+SEA -- own goal (Nat Borchers) 72+RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 1 (Nelson Gonzalez 1) 93+
Seattle Sounders FC -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez (Tyson Wahl 45), Pat Noonan, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Roger Levesque 45), Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero (Nathan Sturgis 45).
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas, Michael Fucito, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 2 (Fredy Montero 1, Steve Zakuani 1); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Fredy Montero 1, Steve Zakuani 1); FOULS: 10 (Tyrone Marshall 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Freddie Ljungberg 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Freddie Ljungberg 2); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3)Real Salt Lake-- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy (Nelson Gonzalez 45), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales (Andy Williams 39), Will Johnson, Robbie Findley (Alvaro Saborio 45), Fabian Espindola.
Substitutes Not Used: Tony Beltran, Rauwshan McKenzie, Jean Alexandre, Kyle Reynish.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Robbie Findley 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Will Johnson 2); FOULS: 13 (Nelson Gonzalez 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Fabian Espindola 2); CORNER KICKS: 12 (Will Johnson 5, Nelson Gonzalez 5); SAVES: 1 (Nick Rimando 1)
Misconduct Summary:SEA -- Tyrone Marshall (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56+RSL -- Chris Wingert (caution; Tactical Foul) 60+
Referee: Abiodun OkulajaReferee's Assistants: -Frank Anderson; Steven Taylor4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-60-degrees
74th minute: Montero out, former Salt Laker Nathan Sturgis makes his season debut. Ljungberg slides forward alongside Noonan. (Or will it go into the books as an own goal?)
72nd minute: Tyrone Marshall heads in a long free kick cross from Ljungberg. Sounders up, 2-1.
63rd minute: Arlo White does deliver a nice Dairy Queen promo, doesn't he? I'm getting me a caramel blizzard tomorrow.
53rd minute: Diving header by Johnson off a long cross pulls RSL even. Keller had no real chance.
48th minute: Tyson Wahl in for Leo Gonzalez, who made a nice pick in the Sounders corner and then quickly waved himself off.
Halftime: Sounders up, 1-0, in a very entertaining half. Zakuani has the lone goal.
36th minute: RSL's Javier Morales -- arguably the best player on the pitch -- goes off with an apparent right knee/leg injury.
11th minute: Zakuani goal after a nice turn and cross-field pass from Montero. Sounders 1-0.
Noonan starting: Pat Noonan is getting his first start as a Sounder tonight, as a forward alongside Montero.
Pregame: I'm not at Rio Tinto, unfortunately. But I'll be watching along with you, and getting my first solid listen to Arlo White.
I'll keep this open for discussion before, during and after the game. And I'll hop in too, including after with notes and quotes and stats.
For a couple of 1-1-0 teams, a big early game.