While it’s a little to early to pull on the fire alarm button, a trip to the medicine cabinet for the head ache reducing pill is in order for Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid after Saturday’s deflating 2-1loss to Real Salt Lake (1-0-1) at Rio Tinto Stadium .
For the Sounders (0-2), Saturday’s loss was a double dose of pain, physically and mentally. The mental anguish for the Rave Green came from the fact that they dominated the majority of the first half, scored the games first goal and went into the halftime break tied at one all.
After dominating the first 40 minutes of the game Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso rifled home a deflected Nick Rimando save to give the visitors the early lead only to see a defensive lapse on a RSL corner kick lead to a Sunday Stephan Obayan header just before the half, sending both teams into the mid game break deadlocked at one a piece.
After the restart the Sounders lost their ball possession dominance and both teams tried to gain the upper hand but the game was choppy and had very little flow to it. The Sounders final mental aguish occurred in 86th minute when RSL midfielder Juan Manuel Martinez lofted a high cross that teammate Jamison Olave out jumped Seattle debutant keeper Tyer Miller for the game winner.
Miller started the game for Stefan Frei who was unavailable for the match due to elbow inflammation. Frei’s pre game injury was just the beginning of the injury woes for the Sounders. During the game, the Rave Green lost Erik Friburg in the 15th minute due to a knee injury, Jordan Morris was subbed in the 76th minute after a head to head collision Real’s Chris Wingert to add insult to injury Nelson Valdez was subbed off in injury time due to a sore left leg.
With Saturday’s victory, Real Salt Lake remained undefeated all-time in MLS home openers and is now 5-0-7 in those games.With the loss, the Rave Green have dropped the first two matches of the season for the second time in club history (2011)