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Seattle Sounders vs Galaxy, MLS Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Finals, Leg 2

The Seattle Sounders were blanked by the LA Galaxy 3-0 and now face a steep test at home.

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Sounders release midweek injury report

Mauro Rosales and Leo Gonzalez are on the slow road to recovery and might be available on Sunday.

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Sounders tactical gamble backfired in 3-0 loss

The Sounders made some tactical decisions on Sunday that backfired. A quick glance at what went wrong.

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Mario Martinez called up by Hondura, will be back

The Honduras national team called up Seattle Sounders midfielder Mario Martinez for a friendly against Peru on Wednesday.

Coach Sigi Schmid hasn't used Martinez too often over the course of the year, but he has made his time on the pitch count as he scored the winning goal against Real Salt Lake in Thursday's second leg of the Western Conference semifinals.

His goal allowed the Sounders to advance in the MLS playoffs for the first time team history.

Martinez is slated to rejoin the team on Thursday. Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times explains that the Sounders are required by FIFA to release players for a 48-hour period because the friendly falls during the window for international games.

As a member of the Honduran national team, Martinez has 21 caps and played for the team in recent World Cup qualifiers as well as on the 2012 summer Olympic team in London.

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Sounders players and coaches reflect on big win

The Sounders made team history as they beat Real Salt Lake to advance to the next round of the playoffs for the first time in the team's MLS history.

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VIDEO: Mario's Golazo

There's really nothing for me to say here. Enjoy one of the greatest moments in franchise history, Sounders fans.

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An Open Letter To Marc Burch

Dear Marc,

Many sincere congratulations on your performance this evening, and many sincere thanks for the effort that you and the entire team showed in bringing the first ever MLS Cup playoffs win to this city. We are proud of this team, and we believe that you are capable of bringing us an MLS Cup victory. This was a tremendous first step.

But right now, we are not especially proud of you, Marc. At least on a personal level. You see, NBC's cameras caught you saying something pretty horrible this evening, and, well, let's just go to the tape:

So yeah Marc, you said that. There's really no two ways about it. And you just can't do such a thing, not in a Sounders shirt.

Look, I understand that there's a lot that happens on the pitch/field/diamond that goes unrecorded that would offend damn near anyone. It's a different world out there. And based on your community involvement since joining the Sounders, I know you're not a bad guy. Far from it, you seem like a legitimately great guy. And in the heat of the moment, even the best among us say some pretty awful stuff. I get it.

But that's not an excuse Marc, and it doesn't make it okay. This isn't a city that has much time for such things, as off the cuff as they may be. There's a lot of things you could have said on the pitch in anger that wouldn't have elicited much in the way of a reaction from myself or anyone, but that word isn't one of them. Especially not in light of recent events.

Do the right thing, Marc. Apologize. You're a good man that got caught at the wrong moment saying the wrong thing. We're a forgiving bunch, just so long as you show some contrition.

EBFG -

Aaron

UPDATE: Burch issued an apology for his "horrific choice of words."

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RSL-Sounders: Scoreless At The Half

The Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake have played to three consecutive 0-0 draws, so it should be little surprise that in the pivotal second leg of the Western Conference semifinals neither team has managed to break the stalemate after the opening forty-five minutes. RSL has had the better of the chances, but in the context of the first half that's not saying much; as expected, this has been a cagey affair, with neither team giving the opposition much in the way of openings.

Perhaps the biggest factor so far has been a brisk, 20 MPH wind; both corners and aerial crosses have given defenders, goalkeepers and attackers alike more than a bit of trouble, and given how evenly matched these sides have been both tonight and throughout the season it would be little surprise if the deciding factor was some kind of fluke of nature. Also worth keeping an eye on is the way referee Chris Penso manages the game; in a game that has been physical throughout, it would be little surprise if someone steps over the line at some point. With extra time looking a distinct possibility, that could prove to be too much to overcome.

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RSL-Sounders: Lineups

As expected, winger Mauro Rosales is not in the Sounders starting lineup for the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals against Real Salt Lake. But in decidedly unwelcome news for Sounders fans, he was also left out of the squad altogether, making this the second consecutive year in which Seattle will be without Rosales in a huge playoff test at Rio Tinto. In a bit of a surprise, it will be Mario Martinez that starts on the right in Rosales' place.

The big question marks for Real Salt Lake coming into the game were Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola; Olave was deemed healthy enough to making the starting lineup, while Espindola will start the evening on the bench. With both sides missing one of their most potent weapons in the attack, a game in which goals already looked as though they would be tough to come by may well have increased potential to be a cagey affair.

REAL SALT LAKE XI:

GK Nick Rimando; CB Tony Beltran, CB Jamison Olave, CB Nat Borchers, LB Chris Wingert; M Ned Grabavoy, M Kyle Beckerman, M Javier Morales, M Will Johnson; F Paulo Jr., F Alvaro Saborio

REAL SALT LAKE BENCH:

D Kwame Watson-Siriboe, M Yordany Alvarez, M Luis Gil, M Jonny Steele, GK Kyle Reynish, D Kenny Mansally, F Fabian Espindola.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS XI:

GK Michael Gspurning; RB Adam Johansson, CB Jeff Parke, CB Jhon Kenedy Hurtado, LB Marc Burch; M Brad Evans, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Chrstian Tiffert, M Mario Martinez; F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson

SEATTLE SOUNDERS BENCH:

GK Marcus Hahnemann, D Zach Scott, M Andy Rose, M Alex Caskey, M Steve Zakuani, F/M David Estrada, F Sammy Ocho

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RSL answers a few questions for Sounder at Heart

The Seattle Sounders will play the second leg of their MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinal series with Real Salt Lake Thursday night, but heading into the match both teams have a few questions.

In an effort to help answer those questions, SB Nation's RSL Soapbox and Sounder at Heart conducted a Q & A. Both teams have injury concerns approaching Thursday's match, starting with Real Salt Lake. Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave were both limited in the first match, but it sounds like they will be ready to play Thursday:

There are, as far as I know, no new injuries for Jason Kreis to be concerned about at this point. Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave are both recovering and should be ready, while all else seem to be at or very near full fitness.

Mauro Rosales is questionable for the Sounders and replacing him isn't as easy as one simple substitution:

There are so many ways this could go because there is no straight like-for-like replacement for Rosales. Mario Martinez would be the most similar in playing style. Steve Zakuani could start out left with Brad Evans shifting back to the right. This would tweak left-right balance of the formation and would lead to more low crosses to the feet rather than heads. Or Sigi could go for a stronger defensive lineup putting rookie Andy Rose into the center mid and shifting Christian Tiffert to the right mid.

While the Sounders may be forced to play without Rosales on Thursday, they will get back leading scorer Eddie Johnson. Johnson missed the first match with an injury, but should be a big boost to Seattle's attack:

Johnson this year is not the Johnson of the past. He may actually be the perfect man for the system Sigi uses. Many MLS target men are just large. Eddie is fast, strong, can leap like an NBA dunker and has converted himself into menace inside the penalty area.

Thursday's match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. PT. Complete coverage can be found at Sounder at Heart.

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Sounders FC, Real Salt Lake faced with injuries

Heading into the MLS Western Conference Semifinal on Thursday, both the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake are dealing with injury concerns, according to Jeremiah Oshan of Sounder At Heart.

Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales traveled with the team to Salt Lake City, but is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game. Head coach Sigi Schmid is hopeful he'll have Morales in action, but told Oshan that it will most likely be a game-time decision.

Real Salt Lake is dealing with injury troubles of their own. Forward Fabian Espindola was forced to leave at halftime of Leg 1, and defender Jamison Olave -- who has been recovering slowly from a hamstring injury -- was limited to just 30 minutes of action in a substitute role. Oshan believes that it is unlikely that either player would start for RSL in Thursday's Semifinal.

Game time is slated for 7 p.m. PT at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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RSL-Sounders: Match Preview

After failing to capitalize on numerous chances at home, the Sounders now face a huge test at Rio Tinto against a Real Salt Lake Side that's proven incredibly difficult to crack.

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Sounders get Johnson back but Rosales uncertain

Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson will play Thursday in a must-win game against Real Salt Lake, but Mauro Rosales is questionable.

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Eddie Johnson to play vs. Real Salt Lake

The Seattle Sounders will get a boost from forward Eddie Johnson, who is slated to suit up on Friday as the Sounders face Real Salt Lake.

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Sounders show promise in 0-0 tie

The great analysis over at SB Nation's own Sounder at Heart tells us that there's reason to be optimistic about Seattle's chances to defeat Real Salt Lake.

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Sounders play to 0-0 draw in first leg against RSL

The Seattle Sounders opened the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs Friday, playing to a 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake.

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Schmid worried about advancing, not payback

RSL may have eliminated the Sounders last year, but Seattle has more to worry about than payback.

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MLS attendance increases with Seattle at the top

The Seattle Sounders set an MLS attendance record this season as totals were up across the league.

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Sounders' Johnson has outside shot to return soon

Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson received an MRI on his hamstring that showed the injury is not as serious as once suspected.

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