The most anticipated conference semifinal tie of the MLS Cup Playoffs is get about ready to get underway from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It's Real Salt Lake against the Seattle Sounders, albeit the shorthanded Sounders because MVP candidate Mauro Rosales is out with a knee injury. Because of that, Sigi Schmid has chose to start Sammy Ochoa, giving Seattle a little stronger option up front who can hold the ball up some and allow Fredy Montero to roam some more.
For Salt Lake, it's their first choice XI. That's a big deal though because they haven't had that first choice team together since May, but everyone, including Javier Morales, is back healthy and Kyle Beckerman is back from his red card suspension so they are ready to go. With a second leg in Seattle looming and the possibility of Rosales', Salt Lake will be looking to get a win out of this first leg at home. It's two of the best teams in MLS. It's a big one. It should be a fun one.
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Robbie Russell, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman; Andy Williams, Will Johnson; Javier Morales; Fabian Espindola, Alvaro Saborio
Bench: Kyle Reynish, Chris Schuler, Ned Grabavoy, Arturo Alvarez, Collen Warner, Luis Gil, Paulo Araujo Jr.
Seattle Sounders (4-1-3-2): Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leonardo Gonzalez; Osvaldo Alonso; Alvaro Fernandez, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle; Fredy Montero, Sammy Ochoa
Bench: Bryan Meredith, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Erik Friberg, Roger Levesque, Mike Fucito, Nate Jaqua