Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Martinez ends Sounders' postseason misery
by Paul Kennedy, November 9th, 2012 1:07AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  seattle sounders

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: REAL SALT LAKE-SEATTLE] Through four-plus games in the regular season and playoffs, the Seattle Sounders could not score on Real Salt Lake, and it did not look like they'd ever beat Nick Rimando, as spectacular at home as he was in Seattle in the first leg. But young Honduran Mario Martinez, making his first MLS start, finally found a way to beat Rimando with his first MLS goal, a spectacular volley in the 81st minute, and sent the Sounders into the Western Conference final for the first time with a 1-0 win.
 
-- Martinez, a Honduran international, was acquired on loan from Real Espana on Aug. 1 but had played only 40 minutes in three regular-season appearances for the Sounders. He was starting in place of injured captain Mauro Rosales and nearly scored in the 31st minute when he bent a free kick around the wall that Rimando tipped off the crossbar.

-- On the winning goal, Fredy Montero chipped a delicate ball over the RSL backline to Martinez on the left side, and the Honduran hit a screamer on a volley insider the far post. It was just the fourth playoff goal in Sounders' history and also ended a 390-minute scoreless drought between Seattle and Salt Lake.

-- Rimando, who had four spectacular saves in the 0-0 tie in the first leg, had continued to frustrate the Sounders in the second leg. In the 46th minute, Christian Tiffert found Brad Evans, whose shot seemed headed for the goal but Rimando dove to his left to make a brilliant one-handed save.

-- Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning came up big with nine saves -- a season-high. The Austrian giant held off a late RSL assault, swatting an Alvaro Saborio header over the crossbar in the 90th minute.

-- Seattle advanced in the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in the club's four-year history and won only its second ever playoff game.

-- Seattle and RSL played five games in 2012. The teams finished tied at 1-1-3, with just one goal scored by either team.

Nov. 8 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 0 Seattle 1. Goal: Martinez (Montero) 81.
Seattle  -- Gspurning, Parke, Johansson, Burch, Hurtado, Alonso, Tiffert (Rose, 73), Evans, Martinez (Scott, 87), Johnson, Montero (Estrada, 89).
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando, Olave, Beltran (Gil, 85), Borchers, Johnson, Morales, Grabavoy, Mansally (Steele, 86), Beckerman, Paulo Jr. (Espindola, 58), Saborio.
Referee: Chris Penso.
Att.: 19,657.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: IRS crime chief Richard Weber    
"I don't think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we would go after ...
What They're Saying: Tab Ramos    
"We didn't play how we wanted to play, that's for sure. We found in front of ...
Under-20 World Cup: Results & Schedule    
Panama rallied to tie perennial U-20 power Argentina, 2-2, in the opening game in Group B. ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas moved it into a tie for second place ...
Video Pick: George Evans starts Man City's U.S. tour in style    
Manchester City's 20-year-old academy product George Evans spent all of the past two years on loan ...
Video Pick: Brilliant soccer tennis at French Open    
The French Open crowd erupted in cheers when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dudi Sela started using their ...
U.S. U-23s down the Dutch, 3-1     
The USA bounced back from its 3-1 opening loss against France at the Festival International Espoirs ...
ICYMI | MLS: Orlando City will expand new downtown stadium    
Orlando City will increase capacity in the new stadium, initially expected to hold 19,000 fans, to ...
FIFA: Blatter survives, easily winning election to fifth term    
Embattled Sepp Blatter won election for a fifth four-year term as FIFA president, defeating his sole ...
What They're Saying: Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah    
"While I am very happy to be in Congress, it is not as quiet as we ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives