Sounders win 4-1. (Here's my game story.) They will advance to meet the Colorado Rapids sometime (and somewhere) next month, with the winner advancing to the U.S. Open Cup round of 16.
After the game, coach Sigi Schmid was very happy with his depth. Naturally Sebastien Le Toux (two goals, two assists) got much of the attention. But Roger Levesque had three assists. And Schmid also said good things about Stephen King and Patrick Ianni and Sanna Nyassi.
He also said that the few guys who played Saturday against San Jose and a lot again tonight (mostly meaning James Riley and Steve Zakuani)will get some light days of training and will be available on Saturday at Chicago.
And speaking of training, of all the things that Schmid said about depth tonight -- and that's a key issue in the story I wrote for tomorrow -- here's what I found to be maybe the most interesting thing he said on the topic:
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"The reason you want to have depth more than any other reason is you want to have good practices. The deeper you are, the more competitive practices are, and the more competitive practices are the better you're going to be in games. If you just had 11 really good players and the other guys weren't very much then you wouldn't be a very good team. So it shows that we have that depth and that's something I've very pleased with. It's a long season and you need everybody."
Meanwhile, here's the take from a none-too-happy RSL coach Jason Kreis:
"Obviously, we are extremely disappointed with the result and the match. Tonight's performance is a big letdown after Saturday's win (a 6-0 victory over New England) back home.
"It's important for everyone to remember that it is still a young season, we have several games left to accomplish our goals. Tonight we played a lot of guys that hadn't had extensive minutes in their previous opportunities, and to be honest, tonight they didn't make the most of this opportunity.
"So now we have to wipe this one from our mind as soon as possible – it's over, and it is what it is … We have another game Saturday in Colorado, its a big rivalry, and it'll be a fantastic opportunity to get back on track."
SEA -- Sebastien Le Toux (penalty kick) 24
SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (Sebastien Le Toux, Roger Levesque) 26
RSL -- Will Johnson (unassisted) 32
SEA -- Stephen King (Sebastien Le Toux, Roger Levesque) 53
SEA -- Sebastien Le Toux (Roger Levesque) 55
Real Salt Lake -- Chris Seitz, Tony Beltran, David Horst, Jamison Olave (Nat Borchers 46), Robbie Russell, Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman (Jean Alexandre 66), Andy Williams, Will Johnson (Raphael Cox 71), Robbie Findley, Luis Miguel Escalada (Yura Movsisyan 57).
Substitutes Not Used: Tino Nunez, Kyle Reynish, Chris Wingert.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Andy Williams 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Will Johnson 2); FOULS: 14 (Kyle Beckerman 3, Tony Beltran 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (Andy Williams 2); SAVES: 4 (Chris Seitz 4)
Seattle Sounders -- Chris Eylander, James Riley, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl, Zach Scott, Sanna Nyassi (Evan Brown 72), Stephen King, Patrick Ianni, Steve Zakuani (Jarrod Smith 65), Roger Levesque, Sebastien Le Toux.
Substitutes Not Used: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Nate Jaqua, Kasey Keller, Fredy Montero.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Sebastien Le Toux 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (3 tied with 2); FOULS: 12 (Patrick Ianni 3, James Riley 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Sebastien Le Toux 1, Roger Levesque 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Sebastien Le Toux 4); SAVES: 2 (Chris Eylander 2)
SEA -- Patrick Ianni (caution; Reckless Tackle) 19
RSL -- Jamison Olave (caution; Handball) 41
SEA -- Sanna Nyassi (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 71
Referee: Landis Wiley
Referee's Assistants: -Mike Rottersman; Josh Wilkens
4th Official: Soo Hui Um
Time of Game: 1:51
Final: Sounders win, 4-1. They will advance to meet the Colorado Rapids, probably next month at a site to be determined. The winner of that one goes on to the U.S. Open Cup round of 16.
I'm going to head down for quotes now. Then I'll need to finish my story and then pop back here with some notes and quotes.
I'm sure you'll all be glad to know that they're back on TV and radio Saturday at Chicago.
88th minute: Sorry to disappear on you for a while there. I needed to get started on my story for tomorrow. It's just playing out right now as the crowd trickles for the exits. I'll pop back in when the game goes final, then head down for quotes.
65th minute: Zakuani leaves the field, Jarrod Smith makes his Sounders debut.
Attendance: 3,890. The place is mostly full, with lots of folks standing around the edges.
55th minute: Levesque crosses to Le Toux, who puts it away. By my count, Le Toux now has two assists and two goals. Sounders, 4-1.
53rd minute: Nice back-heel from Levesque to Le Toux to Steven King, who finished. Sounders, 3-1.
Halftime: Sounders,2-1. I need to get a little head start on my game story.
41st minute Yellow to Salt Lake's Robbie Findley for a challenge on Eylander in the area. Meanwile, Taylor Graham has been on and off the pitch as they're tended to some nose issue.
32nd minute: RSL strikes back, as Will Johnson carried unassited into the penalty area, cut sharply to the middle past James Riley and fired low and inside of Eylander. Sounders, 2-1.
27th minute: Le Toux got the ball in space, held for his teammates to catch up, then laid the ball off to Sanna Nyassi who finished from about 15 yards. Sounders, 2-0.
24th minute: Zakuani crosses the ball into the penalty area and Real Salt Lake's Tony Betram took down Roger Levesque. Penalty called, and Le Toux hit the PK. Sounders, 1-0.
17th minute Nyassi muscled the ball past the RSL defender and crossed to Le Toux, who somehow sent the ball over a wide open net.
15th minute: Sounders certainly getting the better of the chances. But nothing in yet.
10th minute: Another nice Sounders chance with Nyassi making a nice move past his defender into space down the right side, but again the cross didn't connect.
5th minute: Sounders got the first real chance on a corner the scooted across the goal mouth, but no one could get a foot to redirect it in.
Kickoff: We've begun. The Sounders are in their usual home green/blue. RSL is wearing all white.
6:30: The lineups are out, and I'll just say this: Sigi Schmid has himself a stong bench.
Here are the starters: GK Eylander; D James Riley, Taylor Graham, Tyson Whal, Zach Scott; MD Sanna Nyassi, Stephen King, Patrick Ianni, Steve Zakuani; F Roger Levesque, Sebastien Le Toux.
For RSL: GK Chris Seitz; D Tony Beltran, David Horst, Jamison Olave, Robbie Russell, M Ned Grabavoy, Kyle Beckerman, Andy Williams, Will Johnson; F Robbie Findley, Luis Miguel Escalada.
6:20: The Sounders are on the field. The Sounder train has rolled by. So I guess we're ready for soccer.
Both teams are out on the pitch, and it is Chris Eylander getting the goaltender work, which is no big surprise.
We should be getting the rest of the lineups within the next 10-15 minutes, and I'll pop back in with those when they arrive.