Ahead of the Conference Semifinals later this week, Matt Doyle & Bobby Warshaw discuss each of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoff matches.
Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
Wednesday, 10 pm ET | FS1, FOX Deportes in US; TSN1/4, TVAS in Canada
Bobby Warshaw: RSL have become the most democratic team in the league; everyone’s equal, and nobody avoids responsibility. In previous years, Jefferson Savarino, Albert Rusnak and Joao Plata cheated defensively — it was built into the plan; give the three star attackers less responsibility so they have more freedom to attack.
Those leniencies are gone now. Everyone carries equal weight. As a result, RSL have excellent structure, both with and without the ball. In turn, it’s actually given the attackers more room to create. Sometimes giving someone more structure can actually free the brain to get more creative.
More specifically, the disciplined foundation helps them dominate transition moments. You’ve written about this… RSL don’t give up goals in transition. Kyle Beckerman and Everton Luiz form a no-nonsense shield in front of the back four. They make teams work for everything. If you can control the transitions against Seattle, in which the Sounders are at their dangerous going forward and most vulnerable after giveaways, you’re in a good spot.