Seattle was forced to play the majority of the game down a man after Zach Scott was sent off with a red card at the 30 minute mark. Scott received a yellow card just 10 minutes into the game, then picked up a second yellow on a tackle attempt later in the first half.
Even though they were down a man, the Sounders had opportunities, finishing with 10 attempts on goal. The Sounder defense was especially impressive, keeping Real Salt Lake off the scoreboard even though they were playing with 10 men. The Sounders did get a late scare as Real Salt Lake had two near goals in stoppage time. Michael Gspurning made a diving save on a Chris Schuler shot, only to narrowly deflect another shot just moments later to secure the draw.
With the draw, Seattle strengthened its playoff position. The Sounders now have 54 points on the season, putting them in third place in the Western Conference. Seattle is now four points ahead of the LA Galaxy as the Sounders attempt to avoid the play-in game between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. The Galaxy have played one fewer game than Seattle, but the teams will meet in the final regular season game.
Seattle played without leading scorer Eddie Johnson who missed the game after playing for the national team on Tuesday.