Real Salt Lake eliminates the Seattle Sounders in shocking outrage

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Real Salt Lake made history on Tuesday night after eliminating the clear favorites Seattle Sounders to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. After 120 minutes of play, the Underdogs defeated the Sounders in the sixth round of penalties.

RSL goalkeeper David Ochoa immediately became the hero and stopped Kelyn Rowe’s penalty to earn the advantage and eventually end the Sounders playoff series.

After the fantastic save by Ochoa, Justen Glad then stepped up to make the sixth penalty for Real Salt Lake and secure the shocking victory.

For the first time in the team’s history, the Seattle Sounders have failed to reach the semifinals of the conference after qualifying for 12 years in a row.

Before Tuesday night’s outburst, the Sounders had also won 15 straight home games, the longest winning streak after the season in Major League Soccer history.

Ochoa, who recently joined the Mexican national team, played an integral part in the team’s success against the Sounders after keeping Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz away to reach the penalty kicks.

Despite the 0-0 scoreboard, the game was anything but even. The Seattle Sounders dominated from the start, pushing Real Salt Lake into a defensive role for most of the night.

Sounders forward Cristian Roldan was at the center to make Ochoa uncomfortable on several occasions. His best shot of the night came in the second half after finding a pocket with space deep into the opponent’s half of the field just to bend the ball and hit the upper right corner of the crossbar.

Real Salt Lake defenders made it easy for their opponents to infiltrate the box, but the Sounders simply could not find the back of the net.

Before reaching overtime, the Seattle Sounders recorded 12 total shots, while Real Salt Lake managed a giant zero. After the final whistle, Sounders’ dominance continued to be reflected in the rest of the statistics.

The home team got 13 corners to RSL’s one, handled 21 shots and had 62 percent of the ball possession. But even with the odds in their favor, the Sounders could not seal the win before losing in the ever-unpredictable round of penalty kicks.

Without recording a 120-minute shot, Real Salt Lake advance to the coveted Western Conference semifinals. The team will now travel to Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday, November 28 to face Sporting Kansas City

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