If you were wondering what kind of physical affair we'd be in for, we have our answer in the first 10 minutes. No fewer than three players have required some kind of attention from the trainers and there have been close to 10 fouls with neither side looking like they intend to yield much ground.
The biggest scare for the Sounders, though, was when Fredy Montero actually had to come off the field. As tough as the Sounders' task is being down 3-0, it would have become next to impossible without their star striker. Luckily, he was able to come back onto the field just a few minutes later.
The Sounders were not so lucky with Alvaro Fernandez. The left midfielder hurt himself on a collision, remained in the game for a few minutes but had to be pulled off for Lamar Neagle. The loss of Fernandez is no small thing, as he was the Sounders' second leading scorer.