One game in 100 words: It looked just as if Real Salt Lake had gain a favorable result considering the fact that Nat Borchers was penalized with a red card in the 68th minute. The match was tied 2-2 then, but with the firepower at hand for Seattle, one assumed Dempsey, Martins would deliver the final decisive score. It wasn’t either of them, instead it was substitute midfielder Andy Rose that absolutely buried the opportune game-winner. Seattle now has four points over the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference’s first place, and also remains at the top of the Supporters Shield running. Real Salt Lake still has a four point cushion in the West’s third spot.
Seattle: Lamar Neagle 38’, Obafemi Martins 43’, Andy Rose 90’ + 4’
Salt Lake: Javier Morales 30’, Joao Plata 50’
Three moments that mattered:
90’ +4’ — Perfect timing — A cross into the box landed at DeAndre Yedlin’s feet, who was covered securely by the Real Salt Lake defense, but the future Tottenham Hotspur man appeared to flick the pass out wide to Andy Rose. His lane to shot was thin, but he was able to find enough space to blast a low, rolling attempt past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
68’ — Borchers seen off — Obafemi Martins was set free on a lobbed through ball, but Nat Borchers applied slight pressure on the pursuit to cause the forward to collapse to the ground. It’s definitely a debatable call; however, any red card can change the course of the match, and at first, it wasn’t clear that this specific instance would directly yield a victor. In the last minute of the game, Rose was able to take full advantage of the occasion.
43’ — Martins for the advantage — This goal itself wasn’t anything spectacular, just an light tap-in from Obafemi Martins. It was the combination play between him and Clint Dempsey that was very crafty. Martins skirted a back heel pass to Dempsey, who then led the former Inter man into an open pocket near the five-yard box. Scoring this opportunity allowed the scoreline to be level when Joao Plato tallied his goal. Thus, the concluding goal was able to provide Seattle with the three points.
Seattle: Stefan Frei; DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Leonardo Gonzalez; Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda (Andy Rose 65’), Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 79’); Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins
Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy (Carlos Salcedo 70’), Luke Mulholland, Javier Morales; Joao Plata (Cole Grossman 84’), Robbie Findley (Alvaro Saborio 68’)