This match was not nearly as close as the 2-1 score might indicate. RSL was in complete control for most of the match, and especially for the entire first half. RSL outshot Seattle 25-8 and had 10 shots on goal while Seattle had only 4. The first goal came for RSL in the 8th minute with a throw in from the right side that bounced into the box. Seattle’s Brad Evans attempt to clear it out of the box ricocheted off his own teammate back towards goal. Robbie Findley beat the Seattle goalkeeper to the ball. His first shot was blocked, but Findley kept after it and was able to put the rebound into the goal. The goal is Findley’s first of the season. It also snapped a 408 minute scoreless streak for RSL against Seattle. Unfortunately, Findley injured his leg on the played and had to be subbed out shortly thereafter.
The next goal came in the 35th minute on a corner kick from Velasquez to Grabavoy who chipped it on towards an onrushing Luis Gil. Gil dove for the ball and was able to head it past the keeper into the left side of the goal.
Some quality goalkeeping from Seattle’s Michael Gspurning kept Seattle within two. RSL had chance after chance, and could have easily been up by four or five goals. Seattle would get their only goal of the match in the 57th minute after a shot from Brad Evans deflected off Tony Beltran, leaving Nick Rimando flat footed with no chance to make the save. The ball kissed the right post as it crossed the goal line. That would be all the scoring for both teams.
The match also saw the return of Javier Morales who subbed on for Gil in the 62nd minute. After the match Morales said he felt good out there, but will probably need a couple matches before he feels like he is 100% on the field.
For complete coverage of the match click here. Check back next Saturday, April 6th, as RSL takes on rival Colorado in the second leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup.
RSL v Seattle Match Stats