Updated Sep 11, 2011 - 12:13 pm
Match review and video/audio reactions: Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 2 Real Salt Lake
by John Zielonka, 710 ESPN Seattle
The Sounders entered the Real Salt Lake match riding a six-game unbeaten streak. It was a tough 2-1 defeat that featured another missed penalty kick for the home side, Kasey Keller's own-goal howler and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's ejection for a hard foul six minutes before the first half break.
Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran received two yellow cards in the span of 35 minutes. Hurtado's red card followed shortly thereafter, and the two teams played a man down the rest of the match.
The lone highlight for Seattle was Fredy Montero's goal three minutes into the first half added time. He tallied his seventh strike of the year, while Rosales hit the double digit mark (10) in assists on the goal.
Alvaro Saborio notched the game-winner in the 56th minute. The Sounders held the edge in total shots (19-10), but failed to turn the shot advantage to their benefit in the second half.
Head coach Sigi Schmid reviewed the circumstances that allowed Real Salt Lake to walk away with an away victory in his post-game press conference. View the video for Schmid's comments on the loss.
Penalty kick woes
Mauro Rosales penalty kick went wide left and was the Sounders' third missed shot out of eight opportunities this year. In their three-year history, Seattle has found the back of the net only six times out of 12 chances from the penalty spot.
The Sounders were awarded the penalty on Robbie Russell's takedown of Mike Fucito in the 17th minute of play.
"I don't think it was embellishment. I just think it was a hard tackle. There was some contact after the ball was away. I agree with Sigi Schmid, and I would go further and say I don't think Seattle's red card was warranted. I don't think their player elbowed Alvaro Saborio on purpose. I just think the referee made some bad decisions and was trying to work his way back into the game. Overall it just wasn't good enough."--Jason Kreis, RSL head coach
Keller's own goal
Kasey Keller has had an outstanding season this year. He accepted full responsibility for the own goal. Keller appeared to reach out for the ball to send it wide of the right post. Instead, he redirected it inside the right post to give Real Salt Lake the early 1-0 lead.
Listen to the audio below as the veteran goalie talks about the own goal.
"It was a strange goal. At first I thought it went towards the side of the goal. I really don't know what happened. Saborio was trying to cross it but it just ended up in the back of the net."--Jason Kreis
They said it
"Their crowd is excellent and their team is a good team in this league. We wanted to come in here and prove a point that we are good team even though we lost of couple of games."--Nick Rimando, RSL goalie
"We had a couple signs of rust but I don't think we played poorly. It just came down to a couple crucial plays where we need to do better, but for the majority of the game I thought we were the better team, and I didn't think we were that rusty."--Tyson Wahl, Sounders defender
"I think it was a little bit of a strange game. I think we controlled the ball, we played good soccer, we just couldn't score more goals."--Mauro Rosales, Sounders FC midfielder
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