MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, August 14 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Seattle 8/11 – Draw 13/5 – Salt Lake 7/2

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders welcome Real Salt Lake to CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening in an all Western Conference clash.

The Sounders are sitting 9th coming into this tie. They trail the top six by eight points and will need to go on a very strong run if they are to challenge to finish the season in a playoff position.

Seattle won 3-1 away at Orlando last time out. A very good result which should have given them a real boost.

That victory ended a three game winless run of two losses and one draw. Sounders are now unbeaten in two and have the chance to build on that here. This is going to be a tough tie against a solid Real Salt Lake side.

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Real Salt Lake have looked good this season. They are sitting 3rd in the West but would have to go on an incredibly strong run to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield as they trial top spot by seven points.

Salt Lake come into this one off the back of their 3-1 over Chicago. They’ve lost just once in their last five outings and will be feeling confident ahead of the tie.

Jeff Cassar’s side have won just four away games so far this season. Out of their ten remaining regular season games they have four to play on the road.

If they can pick up a win here it will put them in a really strong position to ensure they get a top six finish, they seven points clear of 7th place, so they will want to push on and finish as high in the West as possible.

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Team News

Seattle Sounders have just three injury concerns heading into this one as Roman Torres and Aaron Kovar are out, while Erik Friberg is a doubt.

Real Salt Lake have four injury concerns ahead of this tie as Emery Welshman and Sunday Stephen are out, while Yura Movsisyan and Jordan Allen are doubts.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/L/D/W

Real Salt Lake’s last five: D/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in their last six home games against Real Salt Lake.

Key Player: Clint Dempsey – The Sounders forward has had a quiet season by his standards but will be full of confidence heading into this one as he bagged a hat-trick in that 3-1 over Orlando last time out.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-1 Real Salt Lake – Seattle Sounders to extend their unbeaten run to three games against a Real Salt Lake who have struggled to pick up points consistently on the road this season.


MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, June 18 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – Portland Timbers 21/20

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake welcome Portland Timbers to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday as Major League Soccer returns following the international break.

Real Salt Lake won their last MLS outing, away against New York City in that thrilling 3-2 tie. They’ll be hoping for a repeat this weekend in front of goal, but will have looked at tightening up at the back.

Jeff Cassar’s side played in the US Open Cup during the international break, where they won on penalties after they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in normal time.

Real Salt Lake are currently 3rd in the Western Conference, trailing top spot by five points. They will feel like their impressive home form can continue to push them in the right direction.

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Portland Timbers won in their last MLS outing too. Their 1-0 win over San Jose extended their unbeaten run to three as they look to continue to improve on what has been a below-par start to the season.

Caleb Porter’s side also played in the US Open Cup during the break, repeating their win again San Jose, beating them 2-0 this time around.

Portland are sitting 7th in the West but have closed the gap on the top six to just one point. They have to make sure they finish in the top six to avoid an embarrassing attempt to defend their MLS title and that means improved results are needed now.

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Team News

Real Salt Lake currently have no injuries or suspensions. They will however be without Kyle Beckerman, who remains on international duty with US Men’s National Team.

Portland Timbers have three injury concerns as Alvas Powell, Adam Kwarasey and Darren Mattocks all look set to miss out.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: L/L/W/L/W

Portland Timbers’ form: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have won their last four games at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – If Portland are to continue their run of form and end RSL’s home streak they will need their key man to be on form. He has netted eight goals so far this season and is always a threat.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Portland Timbers – A cagey return to MLS for both of these sides is expected. Portland had just found form before the break, while Real Salt Lake have been impressive at home in recent outings. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, April 23 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – Real Salt Lake 9/2

Match Preview

LA Galaxy host high-flying Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in a key Western Conference clash between two sides expected to challenge high up the Supporters’ Shield standings after positive starts to 2016.

LA Galaxy have won three of their opening six games and come into this one off the back of an impressive 4-1 away win in Houston last week.

Bruce Arena will be delighted to have seen his side perform so well on the road, with the emphasis now back on remaining unbeaten at home.

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The Galaxy are a seriously strong outfit on home soil and have only lost twice at home since the start of the 2015 season.

Real Salt Lake are in fine form themselves and are the only MLS side yet to suffer defeat in 2016 but face a tough task in keeping that record intact past Saturday’s game.

RSL have been impressive so far, winning their last two games 1-0, and have the best points-per-game record in MLS.

Jeff Cassar’s side have improved dramatically from last season and know that Saturday’s game offers another chance to show their quality to the rest of the league.

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However, the loss of Joao Plata to injury could leave them lacking attacking quality in the final third, and Cassar will have to hope his squad depth has enough quality to cope without the club’s leading scorer.

These two sides met three times last year, with each team winning once, with the other game ending in a 0-0 draw. LA won the only home game 1-0 and have now beaten RSL in each of the last three home meetings between the clubs.

Team News

LA Galaxy will be without suspended midfielder Nigel De Jong once again here, as he serves the second of his three-game ban. Robbie Keane also remains out as he continues to recover from knee surgery, with Dan Kennedy still sidelined with a groin problem. Leonardo and Robbie Rogers are both doubts.

Real Salt Lake have been rocked by the news that Joao Plata will be out for around 10 days with a thigh injury picked up in training. He will join Emery Welshman, Boyd Okwuonu, Omar Holness and Phanuel Kavita on the sidelines, while Javier Morales and Sunday Stephens are both doubts.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/W/D/D/W

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have not scored at StubHub Center in their last three visits and have now gone 280 minutes since scoring against their Western rivals.

Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – LA Galaxy’s Mexican star played 90 minutes for the first time this season in last week’s 4-1 win in Houston. He was influential, netting twice, and will hope to build on that display against a strong RSL side here.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-1 Real Salt Lake – LA Galaxy will look to build on last weekend’s impressive win in Houston. They are a real force at home and know taking three points from this tie will put them in a strong position in the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake have yet to lose a game, but the loss of Joao Plata could prove to be huge. Both will expect to score but LA should narrowly edge this one.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, March 12 – 16:00 ET (21:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 5/4 – Draw 9/4 – Seattle Sounders 9/4

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake host Seattle Sounders in an intriguing Western Conference clash on Saturday, with both sides looking to improve from disappointing results last weekend.

The Sounders fell 1-0 at home to Sporting Kansas City on home soil, although a first-half red card to Oneil Fisher did little to help their chances.

RSL may not have lost their opener, but conceded two goals in stoppage time to draw 2-2 with Orlando. That will have left fans devastated as they looked certain to leave Florida with three points.

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The Claret and Cobalt will now look to win their home opener against a side they have not lost to at Rio Tinto for five years.

Seattle travel to Real Salt Lake looking to put their first points on the board of the campaign. They only won four MLS away games in 2015, though, and need to try and get at least a draw in this one.

Losing to fellow playoff chasers for a second consecutive week would leave Seattle in an early hole that they could do without having to climb out of.

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These two met twice in the regular season last year, with the home side winning on both occasions. In fact, the home team has now won each of the last eight regular season games in this fixture.

Seattle won 3-1 at CenturyLink Field in October, but RSL sealed a 2-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium in August and will be hoping for the same result on Saturday.

Team News

Real Salt Lake will be without Demar Phillips, following his red card against Orlando last week. However, Jeff Cassar has no apparent injury concerns heading into the game and will be able to pick his strongest possible side for their home opener.

Seattle have a suspension of their own to worry about as Oneil Fisher will miss this following his red card against SKC on Sunday. Brad Evans has been ruled out after landing awkwardly on his shoulder in last week’s defeat, while fellow defender Roman Torres is also sidelined. Erik Friberg and Tyrone Mears are doubtful but should be passed fit. Jordan Morris is likely to start for the second-straight week.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s form: D

Seattle Sounders’ form: L

Key Stat: The home side has been victorious in each of the last eight MLS meetings between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders. The Sounders last won at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2011.

Key Player: Joao Plata – The pacey forward netted both of RSL’s goals in their opening game last week and looked a real threat. He has returned from injury in good form and will look to hurt the Seattle defence on Saturday night with his pace.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Seattle Sounders – Real Salt Lake were just two minutes away from picking up three points in Orlando last week, despite playing 70 minutes with ten men. They will hope to quickly recover from their late collapse with a win in their home opener. Seattle struggled to create enough in the final third last weekend. The first-half red card didn’t help but they don’t look as dangerous as they have done over the past two seasons. The home side should continue to come out on top in this fixture.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Sunday, March 6 – 14:00 ET (19:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Orlando 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Salt Lake 14/5

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Real Salt Lake to the Citrus Bowl for the first time on the opening weekend of the 2016 Major League Soccer regular season.

Both these sides failed to make the playoffs last time around and both have room for improvement heading into the new campaign.

Orlando City drew their opening game of their inaugural MLS season and went on to finish 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Their best spell of the 2015 campaign nearly pushed them into the playoffs at the end of last season where they won five out of six – five of those wins coming on the bounce.

Adrian Heath has made some key additions to his squad and will be hoping his side can make a push for the playoffs this time around – Orlando had a solid preseason, only losing once so they have some good form to build upon.

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Real Salt Lake come into the new campaign with optimism and will hope for a repeat of their form at the opening of the 2015 season where they went through their first five games unbeaten – winning twice and drawing three.

Jeff Cassar’s side finished the 2015 campaign 9th in the Western Conference and will want to get off to the best possible start to avoid being in the depths this time around.

They didn’t have the best preseason but this is a chance to start afresh and prove to everyone their not just here to make up the numbers.

They crashed out of the CONCACAF Champions League to Tigres but impressed in the second leg on Wednesday and will hope those games have helped their match sharpness.

Their 2015 season ended with four losses in five outings – a domestic run of form they will not be looking to continue.

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Team News

Orlando City have no injuries heading into the new campaign. They have made some key signings, with the likes of Antonio Nocerino and Joe Bendick coming into the squad. Devron Garcia is one to watch for Orlando. He has represented Honduras at U17 and U20 level and is an energetic defensive midfielder. He could prove to be the legs Orlando need in the middle and do some of the running to keep key man Kaka fresh this campaign.

Real Salt Lake also have no injuries ahead of this tie. They welcome back Yura Movsisyan – he won the playoffs in his last spell with the club and has a record of 20 goals in 81 appearances in MLS. Danilo Acosta also signed for RSL and he will be hoping to make his debut here.

Key Points

Orlando City’s preseason form: W/L/W/W/W

Real Salt Lake’s preseason form: L/L/D/D

Key Stat: Travel-sick – Real Salt Lake have struggled on the road, losing ten of their last 12 MLS outings away from home.

Key Player: Kaka – The Orlando captain had a solid first MLS season and now is the time to build on that. He may be 33 now but can still cut it. He bagged nine goals and notched seven assists last season in 28 appearances. He will expected to boss the middle of the park here.

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Score Prediction

Orlando City 3-1 Real Salt Lake – Orlando to get off to a flyer and take advantage of Real Salt Lake’s difficulty on the road. The only meeting between these two last season ended 1-1 but that was at the Rio Tinto Stadium. The Orlando fans will be expecting nothing less than three points and will want to see their side pick up the first opening day win in their short history.

Podcast: DC United, Real Salt Lake and Tottenham discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford talks to Louis East and Jamie Ives about DC United and Real Salt Lake’s chances in MLS this year as the new season is just four days away.

The team then move on to look at Tottenham’s Premier League title bid and whether or not they have what it takes to go all the way.

As always, comment below with your thoughts, or get in touch on Twitter.

2016 MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

As the 2016 MLS season edges ever closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what the Real Salt Lake could achieve this season.

Real Salt Lake head into the new season with plenty of room for improvement after a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Western Conference last campaign. Head coach Jeff Cassar has added some new faces to his side in an attempt to freshen things up but this is going to be a tough season ahead and they are going to have to work extremely hard to improve. The fans will not want another season of struggles, so with sides around them becoming stronger, they must remain competitive in what is a fiercely competitive conference. The aim will be to make the playoffs, after missing out for the first time in eight years in 2015.

Last Season’s Finish:

Western Conference – Position: 9th – P34 – W11 – D8 – L15

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What Needs To Change This Year?

Real Salt Lake must tighten up at the back. They conceded 48 goals last season, while netting just 38. They need to ensure they pick up points from sides around them in the Western Conference as clashes with fellow promotion chasers are fiercely competitive. Cassar’s side need to score more goals as their tally of 38 was the second-lowest across both conferences. Signings have been brought in to try and add to the goal tally, while the return of Joao Plata will hep. They lost 15 games last term – the most in one campaign since 2007 – and ensuring they don’t repeat that mistake will put them in a better position.

Key Changes:

InsChris Wingert – Defender, Danilo Acosta – Midfielder, Omar Holness – Midfielder, Sunny Obayen – Midfielder, Emery Welshman – Forward & Yura Movsisyan – Forward

Outs: Elias Vasquez – Defender, Chris Schular – Defender, Abdoulie Mansally – Defender, Pecka – Midfielder, Luis Silva – Midfielder, Sebastian Saucedo – Midfielder & Sebastian Jaime – Forward

Key Player: 

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Nick Rimando – Goalkeeper – As mentioned, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper saw his side’s goal breached 48 times last season, so he can expect yet another busy campaign between the sticks. He is a top performer for his side, despite the fact that RSL struggled in the 2015 season. The veteran will turn 37 in the 2016 campaign but as we know, age is less relevant with goalkeepers and his experience could be key as RSL look to pick up more points and cause a few upsets.

One to Watch:

Yura Movsisyan – Forward – The Armenian forward returns to Real Salt Lake for a second spell – his previous stint coming between 2007-2009 where he helped RSL to lift the 2009 MLS Cup, scoring once in the playoffs. The 28-year-old striker joins RSL on loan from Russian side Spartak Moscow and is a player that the Claret and Cobalt fans will be looking forward to watching again. His MLS record stands at 20 goals in 81 outings for Real Salt Lake and Kansas City, so he has already shown he is capable in front of goal. The league has changed since he was last involved and he will need to adapt quickly. There is pressure on him to help RSL improve on last season and if he gets off to a good start he could have quite an impact.

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Predicted Finish:

Western Conference – 9th – It may be a downer for Real Salt Lake fans but their current squad doesn’t seem to be one which can improve on last season. They have lost more players than they have signed and squad depth is important – so they could struggle from the off. RSL lost four of their last five of the 2015 campaign and face a tough start to 2016, with three of their first five games away from home. They must ensure they pick up points wherever possible early on to avoid confidence being shattered. There are reasons for optimism, with Joao Plata’s return from injury and the signing of Movsisyan likely to help the team improve but it is difficult at this point to see them climbing the conference.

What are you expecting from Real Salt Lake in 2016?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Wednesday, October 14 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Portland Timbers 11/5

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake host Portland Timbers in a crucial Western Conference clash between two sides desperate to make a late surge for the playoffs.

The battle to make the top six in the West seems to intensify every week and Real Salt Lake have been putting together a solid run of form as we approach the final weekend, which is just 10 days away.

The Claret and Cobalt have had a poor season by their lofty standards but they have won three of their last four and are now just three points off San Jose in sixth. A loss to Portland here would all but end their playoff hopes though and so this is a pivotal clash.

Real Salt Lake’s MLS record: P31 – W11 – D8 – L12

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Portland are looking set to narrowly miss out on postseason soccer for the second successive season as they have fallen out of the top six on goal difference with just three games to play.

They have only won one of their last six and need to try and pick back up quickly with a road win here. That won’t be an easy task but knowing they could move level with Cascadia rivals Seattle in fifth should serve as enough motivation.

They have already won at Rio Tinto Stadium this season and that 1-0 victory in August could help confidence in the Portland camp.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Portland Timbers’ MLS record: P31 – W12 – D8 – L11

Real Salt Lake have only won one of the last five meetings between these two and so this looks set to be a real thriller between two sides fighting for their playoff lives.

Team News

Real Salt Lake will be without defensive duo Chris Schuler and Demar Phillips. Schuler is still out with a foot injury, while Phillips will serve a one-match ban as a result of yellow card accumulation. Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman have left the USA camp to return for this game. Luis Gil and Boyd Okwuonu are away with the US U-23 squad and are unlikely to be back in time.

Portland will still be without Ben Zemanski, while Michael Seaton is away on international duty with Jamaica. Will Johnson is a doubt with a leg injury and is unlikely to play.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have only lost two of their last 26 home games in MLS. Although their last home defeat came at the hands of Portland in August.

Key Player: Joao Plata – The exciting attacker scored his first goal since early August in the 2-1 win at Colorado last time out. Expect him to be a real threat throughout.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Portland Timbers – This should be a tight and tense affair as neither side can afford to lose. But Real Salt Lake’s home record has been good this season and recent form suggests they will just edge it in front of their own fans.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Sunday, September 27 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 5) 

Match Odds: San Jose 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Real Salt Lake 14/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes face Real Salt Lake in a huge Western Conference clash on Sunday evening. Both clubs sit outside the playoffs with just four weeks of the regular season left to play, but have outside chances of making the postseason.

San Jose sit in seventh place, just one point behind Portland in the last remaining playoff slot with four games to play. Sunday’s clash with RSL is the first of three-straight home matches for the Quakes though and so they will be confident of making a late surge for the top six.

That said, they will need to snap their four-game winless run immediately. A 3-2 away loss at NYCFC last weekend followed back-to-back home draws and wins are vital now.

San Jose Earthquakes’ MLS record: P30 – W11 – D7 – L12

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Real Salt Lake sit two points and two places behind the Earthquakes going into the game. Though they have won back-to-back games ahead of Sunday’s clash and now seem to be on the right track.

It might be too late for Jeff Cassar’s side but they certainly have a chance of making the postseason. That glimmer of hope should be enough to ensure the players remain fully focused on the task at hand.

A 3-0 home win against LA Galaxy last time out impressed many, and now they travel to San Jose looking for a second away win there this season.

Real Salt Lake’s MLS record: P29 – W10 – D8 – L11

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They beat the Quakes 1-0 in April before playing out a 1-1 draw at home in May. This should be another tight affair but both sides need to go for the win as a draw won’t help their causes.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes will be without Clarence Goodson as he will serve a one-game suspension. Innocent Emeghara, Steven Lenhart and Jordan Stewart remain out injured, while Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Victor Bernardez, Paulo Renato and Khari Stephenson are all doubts.

Real Salt Lake have just two injury worries going into the game. Chris Schuler is out with a foot injury, while Luis Silva is struggling with a calf problem and is doubtful.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: W/L/D/D/L

Real Salt Lake’s last five: L/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have not lost to San Jose in any of their last five MLS meetings, winning two of those.

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski – The Quakes forward has six goals in his last seven outings and always enjoys playing at home. With the season now at it’s most intense stage, ‘Wondo’ will look to shine.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 Real Salt Lake – San Jose have really struggled against RSL in recent times. The home side’s form is not in the shape in needs to be at this stage of the season and so Real Salt Lake will be confident of picking up three huge points here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, August 22 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Seattle Sounders 9/4

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake welcome Seattle Sounders to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night with both teams fighting for the same place in the Western Conference playoffs.

And seeing as Real Salt Lake have won their last three matches against Seattle in all competitions, there is an added incentive for both sides to go for all three points in what could be a pivotal fixture. Seattle will want to end that run, while Real Salt Lake will look to extend it to four games.

However, at the moment, Real Salt Lake remain six points off the Sounders in the final playoff slot with only nine games remaining and their chances of making the postseason look slim after a tough season.

Real Salt Lake’s record in MLS: P25 – W7 – D8 – L10

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Seattle haven’t had the best of years either and they’ve been dreadful recently. But they did pick up a valuable three points last weekend when they dispatched Orlando City 4-0 at home, with new signings Roman Torres and Nelson Valdez impressing.

They have however, lost eight of their last ten in Major League Soccer and their playoff place is in jeopardy because of this form.

The main reason they have been struggling is down to the absence of star strikers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. But with Obafemi Martins returning with a brace last weekend, their form may be about to pick up going into the final stretch of the season.

Seattle Sounders’ record in MLS: P25 – W11 – D2 – L12

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This will be the first meeting between the two this season, with a return fixture at CenturyLink Field coming on the final day of the 2015 regular season.

Real Salt Lake have won each of the last three games at home, but did lose the most recent meeting 3-2 in Seattle last September.

Team News

Real Salt Lake have three players doubtful for the clash with Jordan Allen, Chris Schuler and Joao Plata all carrying injuries.

Seattle Sounders are still without Marco Pappa through the MLS SABH Program. Andres Correa, Andy Craven and Damion Lowe are all out injured. Osvaldo Alonso, Chad Barrett, Leonardo Gonzalez and Clint Dempsey are all doubts. Obafemi Martins should continue in attack with new partner Nelson Valdez.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five in MLS: W/W/L/L/L

Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Seattle have lost their last six away matches in MLS. Homesick.

Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Nigerian striker returned in Seattle’s 4-0 win over Orlando City and provides some much needed firepower to the Seattle attack. Expect him to be dangerous throughout.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-2 Seattle Sounders – Following the return of Obafemi Martins and Real Salt Lake’s recent poor form, we see Seattle just shaving the win in what will be a tight game due to its importance for both sides.