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Sounders Vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS Cup Playoffs: Hey, Lay Off

I happen to think pretty highly of Real Salt Lake's whole deal. They have won the right way, for most party, play attractive soccer by MLS standards and have some pretty interesting characters. But, man, tonight they are butchers.

We're now 21 minutes into the match and the Sounders have already been forced to use two injury substitutions. Alvaro Fernandez and Brad Evans have both gone out with injuries after tackles.

Of course, the Sounders are being accused of diving by the RSL faithful (and what else would you expect?) but there's literally no upside to the Sounders faking injuries and wasting time while they are down 3-0. It's just ridiculous to think otherwise.

Still, the Sounders are at least making it interesting. They've created some chances, although not quality shots, and are holding possession much better than they did at anytime of the first leg in Salt Lake. 

But unless referee Jair Marrufo starts showing some cards, I'm afraid this physicality is going to make a comeback next to impossible.