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Early look: Sounders at Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m.

SOUNDERS FC (4-4-5; 17 PTS.)AT REAL SALT LAKE (5-1-2; 17 PTS.)6 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: The league series is even at 1-1-2. Each won at home in 2009 before the draws last season. RSL visits Qwest Field on Sept. 10. TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 3, Mauro Rosales and Fredy Montero; S 38, Montero; SOG, 16, Montero; GAA 0.92, Kasey Keller. For RSL – G 2, Paulo Araujo Jr. and Javier Morales; A 3, Collen Warner; S 16, Alvaro Saborio; SOG 4, three players; GAA 0.29, Nick Rimando. NOTES: RSL hasn’t lost an MLS match at home since May 16, 2009 – a league-record 29 game unbeaten streak. … This season, Salt Lake has given up two goals in eight games, and Rimando leads MLS in goals-against average. … Real’s last two games have been scoreless draws. Real hasn’t scored a goal in 183 minutes and hasn’t conceded one in 338 minutes. … RSL will be without Paulo Jr., and Fabian Espindola and Morales due to injury, and Alvaro Saborio and Arturo Alvarez due to international call ups. …Evans (adductor) is expected back in uniform tonight, and could start. … This is Seattle’s third game in eight days. However, the Sounders are scheduled for only one game per week throughout June. … If Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez is cautioned he will miss the next game due to yell0w-card accumulation. … The referee is Mark Kadlecik.QUOTABLE: “No question that going to Denver, going to Salt Lake, altitude’s an issue. But sometimes it’s more of a mental thing than a physical thing. And you just have to understand that you are going to be gassed a little bit. You battle through it and you do it. But … Salt Lake’s a good team. We have to go in there and play our best.” – Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller.NEXT: 5:30 p.m. June 4, at Chicago Fire.
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