Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert (Abdoulie Mansally, 59’); Cole Grossman (Luis Gil, 59’), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (C), Luke Mulholland (John Stertzer, 74’); Devon Sandoval, Olmes Garcia
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez; Rich Balchan, Carlos Salcedo; Robbie Findley
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Stefan Frei; Brad Evans, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez; Lamar Neagle (Dylan Remick, 75’), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa; Obafemi Martins, Chad Barrett (Kenny Cooper, 67’)
Substitutes not used: Marcus Hahnemann; Jalil Anibaba, Michael Azira, Andy Rose, Cam Weaver
SEATTLE – Real Salt Lake (6-1-6, 24 points, West #2) lost its first match of 2014 on Saturday, giving up three second half goals to fall 4-0 at Seattle Sounders FC (9-3-2, 29 points, West #1).
Saturday’s loss ended Real Salt Lake’s 12-game unbeaten start to the season. The Claret-and-Cobalt will depart Seattle on Sunday, heading directly to Columbus ahead of Wednesday’s match at Eastern Conference foe Columbus Crew.
Seattle went ahead in the 42nd minute, when MF Gonzalo Pineda buried a penalty kick after a questionable PK decision by referee Ricardo Salazar. The Sounders poured things on in the second, with MF Marco Pappa scoring in the 55th, FW Chad Barrett scoring in the 62nd and FW Obafemi Martins topping things off in the 90th.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On how he feels the team played:
“To be honest with you, I just told the guys to discount the third and fourth goals because we were pushing and we knew we were going to be exposed at the back. But I thought the commitment level was there. It was a very even match in the first half for sure. Two dead ball situations – the PK and the free kick – then the rest was just breaks on counters. It’s a tough place to play and we don’t have a full arsenal, but I thought the guys out there did a very good job.”
On the performance of RSL DF Aaron Maund:
“I thought his individual battles were good, but maybe the decision making on a few plays was tough. Obviously the PK call – I don’t feel like it was a PK, neither does Aaron. Any time you leave your feet, you leave it up to the referee to make that call. I think he was kind of going away from goal a little bit. The counter attack goal, maybe it’s an early foul or stop the play. But I thought he battled through it and it’s about moving on and showing your character. And Aaron has really strong character. It’s about focusing on Columbus now.”