It's gone final at 0-0... the Sounders' second scoreless draw of the season. (The other was at Chivas on Aug. 14.)
The result inched the Sounders (9-9-6) alone into seventh place in the MLS playoff race, one point ahead of San Jose. The Earthquakes – who play host to Dallas on Saturday – are the only team currently behind Seattle that could move past them over six MLS games scheduled this weekend.
The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League competition on Tuesday, when they visit Saprissa of Costa Rica. Then they fly directly to Columbus where they will resume MLS play Sept. 18 against the Crew.
Real Salt Lake -- Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert, Nelson Gonzalez (Will Johnson 65), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Andy Williams, Robbie Findley (Pablo Campos 89), Alvaro Saborio.
Substitutes Not Used: Jean Alexandre, Paulo Araujo Jr., Robbie Russell, Collen Warner, Nick Rimando.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Robbie Findley 2, Alvaro Saborio 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Robbie Findley 1, Andy Williams 1); FOULS: 15 (Nelson Gonzalez 3, Andy Williams 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Robbie Findley 1, Alvaro Saborio 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Nelson Gonzalez 1, Javier Morales 1); SAVES: 2 (Kyle Reynish 2)
Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez (Sanna Nyassi 74), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis (Mike Seamon 85), Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua (Michael Fucito 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Roger Levesque, Tyrone Marshall, Tyson Wahl, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Osvaldo Alonso 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Osvaldo Alonso 2); FOULS: 11 (Osvaldo Alonso 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Fredy Montero 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Nathan Sturgis 4); SAVES: 2 (Kasey Keller 2)
Misconduct Summary:RSL -- Alvaro Saborio (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54
Referee: Paul WardReferee's Assistants: -Peter Manikowski; Anthony Vasoli4th Official: David GantarAttendance: 36,078Time of Game: 1:52Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-59-degrees
86th minute: Sounders make final substitution: Seamon for Sturgis.
74th minute: Nyassi in for Fernandez.
69th minute: Michael Fucito in for Jaqua.
55th minute: Yellow card to RSL's Alvaro Saborio, who dumped Alonso.
Second half: The game has resumed.
Halftime: Sounders dominated the ball, although I think they only put one shot on goal ... and that a hopeful 35-yarder from Alonso.
RSL had three shots, one one goal and two corners. Seattle, five shots, one on goal and three corners.
31st minute: Kasey Keller just blocked a Robbie Findley penalty kick, hit low and sort of center-left ... nice save, but Keller didn't have to stretch far.
The PK has been awarded after Jeff Parke slipped and while recovering sort of stuck out his foot, tripping Findley at the very non-threatening top left corner of the penalty area.
14th minute: Jaqua off to a terrific start, really giving the Sounders a distributing presence up front they have lacked this season.
Sixth minute: Early control to Sounders, who are dominating possession and chances. Zakuani, Jaqua, Montero all active.
Kickoff: We're under way. Sounders in green/blue, RSL in red/red.
Lineups: The big news for the Sounders is Zach Scott in for James Riley (ankle). But the biggest news is RSL star keeper Nick Rimando on the bench with an apparent Achilles issue.
For Sounders: GK, Keller; D Scott, Ianni. Parke, Gonzalez; M Fernandez, Alonso, Sturgis, Zakuani; F Montero, Jaqua. Reserves: Boss, Fucito, Levesque, Marshall, Nyassi, Seamon, Wahl.
For RSL: GK Reynish; D Beltran, Borchers, Schuler, Wingert; M Gonzalez, Beckerman, Morales, Williams; F Findley, Saborio. Reserves: GK Rimando, Alexandre, Araujo, Campos; Johnson, Russell, Warner.
Pregame: It's a cloudy evening at Qwest Field. However, this ESPN2 game, which will kickoff at 8, is a big one for both teams.
The Sounders don't have much breathing room in the playoff race ... and especially not with the defending MLS champion at home tonight, followed back-to-back league road games (Columbus and Chicago). It will take some good soccer to avoid getting stuck on 32 points for a while.
Meanwhile, RSL moves to the top of the Supporters Shield race with a win tonight. And that's something they value, since they clearly believe their 2009 MLS Cup was undervalued as a fluke.
As usual, we'll keep this blog post open all evening for pregame, in-game and postgame news and comments.