"I think it's great. These are the games that players look to play in," Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid said. "It's a big game. We're at home. We're in front of our fans. That's always exciting for us. And it's a chance for us to retain our position at the top of table and that's what we want to do."
The battle for Western Conference and MLS supremacy will be fever pitch come Saturday due to the fact that both teams are coming off draws.
Gonzalo Pineda converted a late penalty against arch rival Vancouver that tied the game at 2-2 and enabled Seattle to retain its league leader’s status.
Real Salt Lake is coming of a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas. The scoreless draw against FC Dallas snapped a three-match winning streak in which Real Salt Lake had scored 10 goals.
“Our soccer wasn’t particularly great tonight, but I thought our fight and our commitment was. If we can get
results when our soccer is not particularly great, I think that’s huge,” said RSL coach Jeff Cassar. “I was really
proud of them, and I thought that the guys just gave it their all.”
Real Salt Lake is 3-0-0 on the road with a 14-9 goal advantage. Only Sounders FC (25) have scored more goals that Real Salt Lake 23. Real Salt Lake has 21 assist.
Saturday's match will be won in the middle of the field. Seattle and Real Salt Lake will be hoping to win the ball control battle that should lead to goals.
Real Salt Lake Javier Morales will try to unlock the Sounders FC midfield and defense while his counterpart Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso will try to do the same to Real Salt Lake.
Both teams will be without some key players due to injuries and National Team duties.
Seattle won't have Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin, while Salt Lake will play without Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman while those four players prepare for the World Cup with the U.S. National Team.