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Quick look at Sounders visit to RSL

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-1-0; 3 pts.)REAL SALT LAKE (1-1-0; 3)6 p.m. Saturday, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.TV: KONG.Radio: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).Head-to-head: Split two meetings last season. The Sounders won, 2-0, in Seattle. RSL won, 1-0, in Utah. This season’s return match is Sept. 9 in Seattle.Team leaders: For Seattle – G 1, Brad Evans and Fredy Montero; A 1, three players tied; S 12, Montero; SOG 3, Steve Zakuani. For RSL – G 3, Javier Morales; A 1, five players tied; S 5, Fabian Espindola; SOG 3, Morales. Freddie Ljungberg scouting report: “It’s going to be a tough game: They won the league. And last year when we played there they were quite physical, but they played well and we lost the game. So it’s going to be a tough one.”Notes: Real Salt Lake is the defending MLS Cup champion. … RSL has never lost a home opener in its previous five seasons, going 2-0-3. … Since the Sounders’ visit to Utah last August, RSL is 5-0-2 at home and has outscored its opponents, 12-1. … This is Seattle’s first road game of the season. Last season, the Sounders went 5-5-5 away from home. … The only roster link between the clubs is M/D Nathan Sturgis, who Seattle took from RSL in the 2009 expansion draft. … Morales has a share of the MLS scoring lead. He was named MLS player of the week after recording two goals and an assists in Salt Lake’s 3-0 opening win over San Jose. … RSL’s Pablo Campos (calf) is listed as doubtful. For Seattle, Ljungberg (back) and Zach Scott (quadriceps) are listed as probable. … The referee is Abbey Okulaja.Next: Kansas City, noon April 17, Qwest Field; KONG.
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