Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw tonight at CenturyLink Field. It was the third scoreless match the clubs have played in four meetings this season.
Both goalkeepers were dazzling.
The clubs will settle things Thursday when the series concludes at Real Salt Lake.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.Regulation: Over. Scoreless. Eight minutes of stoppage time ahead.
First 60 minutes: The chances have continued. The keepers -- especially Rimando -- just jaw-dropping tonight.
57th minute: Estrada in for Ochoa.
Second half: ... has begun. One RSL change: Paulo in for Espindola.
Halftime: Scoreless. Thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by SRL's Nick Rimando and Seattle's Michael Gspurning.
Shots, 6-5 RSL; on target, 4-2 SEA; corners, 7-3 SEA; duels, 55.7% RSL; possession, 57.6% RSL.
First 30 minutes: There have been chances, but good goalkeeping has taken care of those so far. Scoreless.
First 15 minutes: The game has been both free-flowing and physical. And scoreless.
First kick: The match is under way. RSL in red/red, Sounders in rave/blue.
Lineups: For Seattle: Sounders starters: G Gspurning; D Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Burch; M Rosales, Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; F Montero, Ochoa. Reserves: Hahnemann, Carrasco, Caskey, Estrada, Martinez, Scott, Zakuani.
Real Salt Lake just tweeted these starters: Rimando; Beltran, Watson-Siriboe, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman (c), Grabavoy, Johnson, Morales; Saborio, Espindola. And these reserves: Reynish, Mansally, Olave, Alvarez, Gil, Steele, Paulo Junior.
The pitch: Well, there it is: The Sounders pitch with Seahawks markings.
The logos and lettering are just an aesthetic assault on the beautiful game. However, the NFL sidelines running 10 yards inside of the soccer touchlines could be a bit disorienting for players and fans. Although maybe less so because there is so much separation -- more than I had envisioned -- between the lines.
The basics: It's Sounders-Real Salt Lake in the opening of an aggregate-score, home-and-away playoff series, which will resolve Thursday in Utah.
Kickoff is 7 tonight. The game will be shown locally on KONG, regionally on Root and nationally on NBCSN. It will be heard on the usual radio outlets, blogged here, and tweeted @donruiztnt.Donations: This just in from the club:
The American Red Cross will have volunteers at all the gates collecting cash donations for the disaster relief, those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Paul G. Allen Foundation will match up to $10,000 at tonight's Sounders FC match. Fans can always text the word “RedCross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.