SEATTLE – Real Salt Lake (17-11-5, 56 points, West #2) inched closer to clinching a top-three seed in the Western Conference on Wednesday night, playing 10-man Seattle Sounders FC (14-7-11, 53 points, West #3) to a 0-0 draw at CenturyLink Field. RSL now needs just one point in its MLS regular season finale against Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium on Oct. 27 to clinch a top-three seed in the West and avoid the 4-v-5 seed knockout game.
RSL 0-Seattle 0
POSTGAME QUOTES: Real Salt Lake 0-Seattle Sounders FC 0 – October 17, 2012
Jason Kreis - Real Salt Lake Head Coach
(On result…) “A result is a result. One point was our baseline objective coming into the night, we felt if we could get one point, we could control our own destiny in the last week of the season, and make sure we don’t have to play that wild card game. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, look at it and say being up a man for sixty some odd minutes, we probably should score a goal. Credit to Seattle, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to break a team down that is that committed to making sure that they get the point that they so desperately needed.”
(On missing players…) “It’s a bit of a challenge, especially the first two [Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio], Will is the type of player that when he gets time and space can run the ball at defensive players in the midfield and make them choose. I think we were just missing a little bit of that tonight. With Sabo, we all know what important player he is for us, with the way he holds the ball up for us and gives us a target to play to up front and with his finishing touches around the goal. That doesn’t take away from the efforts that everyone else gave us tonight, everyone had another positive performance in my eyes.