Now that a full day has passed since Real Salt Lake lost 4-0 at Seattle and the players are back at work getting ready for a mid-week trip to Columbus, it’s time to reflect on that sunny afternoon in Seatown. It seemed like RSL players got trampled on a ridiculously soggy artificial turf pitch for no reason--other than to get their butts handed to them.
To his credit, Real Salt Lake head coach Jeff Cassar did very little complaining about the woodshed beating his players took--though he did point out that the first goal Seattle got from the foul called on defender Aaron Maund that resulted in a penalty kick was a mistake.
Ultimately, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella took credit for not doing his job leading up to the foul. He admitted he should have called Maund off the ball and taken more responsibility on the play.
Be that as it may, many Real Salt Lake fans would argue that the foul on Maund was probably not worthy of a penalty kick in the first place and that it may have changed the complexion of the game. After the second and third goals went into RSL’s net you just knew it wasn’t going to be RSL’s day.
Sure, Real Salt Lake fans probably wanted to rip what hair remains from their scalps after witnessing the Sounders treating RSL like it was a soccer team filled with schoolboys. And rightfully so. But it’s time to move on and forget about this painful loss--and that’s precisely what the coach and players were saying after the match.