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Real Salt Lake Vs. Seattle Sounders, 2011 MLS Playoffs: RSL Have Early Chance, But Fail To Convert Header

The Seattle Sounders' first fraction of a chance was a long ball over the top that was expertly cleared by Jamison Olave, and since turnabout is fair play, Real Salt Lake try the same trick, targetting the Seattle right. They're a little more successful - Jeff Parke can't really deal with it and eventually results in a free kick for RSL.

Said free kick is swung in, eluding the mass of green shirts in Kasey Keller's penalty area and met by the head of Alvaro Saborio. Fortunately for Seattle, the striker misses well wide. He probably ought to have done better there. Anyway, it's 0-0 at the Rio Tinto, and right now it's the hosts who're having the better of things. Seattle's defence is nowhere near as calm as RSL's - could the postseason nerves be striking the rave green once again? They might be affecting Fabian Espondola, who wastes a promising situation by ballooning a pathetic long-range shot well high.

For more on this game and playoff series, check out Seattle Sounders blog Sounder At Heart and Real Salt Lake blog RSL Soapbox. We'll have live coverage of this match in our RSL vs. Seattle Sounders StoryStream. For more on the entire world of soccer and the rest of the MLS Playoffs, check out SB Nation Soccer.