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
Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site    
The late Lamar Hunt settled on Frisco, Texas, as the home for his MLS team, FC ...
MLS's new gold standard    
Heading into the final two months of the MLS regular season, D.C. United leads the Eastern ...
Giovinco out of Italy's Euro 2016 qualifiers    
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco's return to the Italian national team after an absence of almost ...
What They're Saying: Mesut Ozil    
"Basti showed the entire world what kind of a leader he is at the World Cup. ...
Spector recalled for first time in 18 months    
Short on outside backs, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called veteran defender Jonathan ...
What They're Saying: Brad Guzan    
"You always have someone either pushing you, or you're pushing someone else. That's the nature of ...
New York City FC gets Nemec off its books    
Slovakian Adam Nemec, the symbol of New York City FC's troubled season, is gone. The club ...
Making a List: European Summer Transfers, U.S. Abroad    
The European transfer market closed with little summer activity among Americans. Only a handful of Americans ...
Video Pick: Five fabulous misses from the Bundesliga    
Schadenfreude from the folks Bundesliga, who compiled the "best" squandered chances to score easy goals from ...
DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland     
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who last January left the Seattle Sounders for Tottenham Hotspur, has moved ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives