Sounders FC

Sounders gameday


4 p.m., Sunday, CenturyLink Field, Seattle.

TV: Fox Sports 1. Radio: 97.3-FM, 1360-AM (Spanish).

Head to head: The season series is split, 1-1. Seattle won the most recent matchup, a U.S. Open Cup game June 28, on penalty kicks. RSL won the lone MLS meeting, 2-1, on March 12. Seattle is 6-8-4 against RSL all time.

Notes: Any hope of the Sounders making a postseason appearance hinges upon continuing the momentum from last weekend. Clint Dempsey matched his season goal tally by netting three — his second MLS hat trick — as Seattle thumped Orlando City, 3-1, on the road Aug. 7. Rookie Jordan Morris had two assists. Newly acquired designated player Nicolas Lodeiro provides a steady spark to the midfield and plays his third game with the team Sunday. Seattle is eight points out of the last playoff spot. The Sounders are undefeated (1-0-1) since parting ways with coach Sigi Schmid. … Real Salt Lake is in third place in the Western Conference and is 2-1-2 over the past five games. RSL forward Yura Movsisyan leads the club with seven goals, and midfielder Joao Plata has six. In his last game, a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Aug. 6, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando won his MLS-best 181st game.

Next: Seattle hosts the Portland Timbers on Aug. 21. This time, the Sounders will have Dempsey. He missed the last matchup because of a one-game suspension.

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