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RSL beats Sounders, gets closer in standings

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Real Salt Lake wins it, 2-1. A very odd game -- both RSL goals coming on Seattle errors, both teams going most of the way with 10 men. But the bottom line result is big. Seattle drops to 13-6-9 and stays at 48 points; RSL climbs to 13-7-6 and to 45 points ... with two games in hand.

"Sometimes games go like this," coach Sigi Schmid said. "I thought in the first half we had more of the game, we had more of the chances. I thought we gave up a little bit of a soft goal. Second half too: Their goal bounces around and bounces right back to Saborio and bounces right underneath his foot and he’s able to hit it. Tyson has a shot in the second half and Rimando doesn’t know anything about it, and it hits him in the shoulder and goes out. Sometimes that’s the difference. There were moments I thought we could have played better, we could have done a better job in terms of possession the ball a little bit, so I was disappointed in that. But there were also I thought – in the first half especially, and some in the second half – there were some good moments where we got in, where we created some chances, where we got behind them on the flanks, which is exactly what we talked about – but at the end of the day didn’t convert."

I've added more reaction in posts above. Meanwhile, here are the game stats:

Scoring Summary: RSL -- own goal (Kasey Keller) 13SEA -- Fredy Montero 7 (Mauro Rosales 10) 47+RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 8 (unassisted) 56 Real Salt Lake -- Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Andy Williams, Luis Gil (Chris Schuler 46), Fabian Espindola (Paulo Araujo Jr. 79), Alvaro Saborio (Ned Grabavoy 68).

Substitutes Not Used: Jean Alexandre, Arturo Alvarez, Collen Warner, Tim Melia.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Fabian Espindola 3, Alvaro Saborio 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Will Johnson 2); FOULS: 12 (Tony Beltran 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Paulo Araujo Jr. 1, Fabian Espindola 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Kyle Beckerman 1, Fabian Espindola 1); SAVES: 4 (Nick Rimando 4)

Seattle Sounders -- Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg (Servando Carrasco 31), Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 65), Mike Fucito (Pat Noonan 73), Fredy Montero.

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick Ianni, Nate Jaqua, Zach Scott, Josh Ford.

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Fredy Montero 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Mike Fucito 2); FOULS: 10 (Mike Fucito 2, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (Fredy Montero 2); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Mauro Rosales 10); SAVES: 3 (Kasey Keller 3) Misconduct Summary:RSL -- Tony Beltran (caution; Reckless Tackle) 20RSL -- Tony Beltran (caution; Reckless Foul) 35RSL -- Tony Beltran (ejection; Second Caution) 35SEA -- Servando Carrasco (caution; Reckless Foul) 38SEA -- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 39RSL -- Andy Williams (caution; Reckless Tackle) 68SEA -- Osvaldo Alonso (caution; Dissent) 94+ Referee: Mark KadlecikReferee's Assistants:-Mike Kampmeinert; James Conlee4th Official: Edvin JurisevicAttendance: 35,940Time of Game: 1:53Weather: Clear-and-73-degrees

74th minute:

Noonan in for Fucito.

Attendance: 35,940. Smallest home crowd of the season, but sellout figure is 35,500 ... so streak lives.

66th minute: Neagle in for Fernandez.

56th minute: Saborio puts Salt Lake back up, 2-1. Tyson Wahl misplayed a ball at the top of the penalty area, giving Saborio a second chance on a ball he had seemed to lose.

Second half: ... has begun. One change for RSL: Schuler in for Gil.

Halftime: "Strange" doesn't say the half of it, but Sounders and RSL go into halftime even 1-1 and even at 10-men each.

The Keller own goal. The missed Rosales PK. The two-yellow Beltran send off. The apparently make-up Hurtado send off. The Montero equalizer in stoppage time. And all this amid very high stakes for both teams. Stay tuned.

Shots, 6-4, Seattle; on goal, 3-1 Seattle; corners, 5-0, Seattle.

Stoppage time: Montero scores, nicely finishing a cross from Rosales. 1-1.

39th minute: Now Hurtado sent off for mild elbow ... seems like classic make-up call. In any case, it's 10 on 10 now.

35th minute: Salt Lake's Tony Beltran sent off with second yellow. Sounders playing 11-on-10, one goal down.

16th minute: Rosales misses penalty kick wide of goal. Sounders beating themselves so far.

12th minute: RSL goes up 1-0 on rare Keller botch, misplaying ball off his hands and into corner of goal.

9-11 minutes: Sounders fans chant "USA" and wave U.S. flags.

Kickoff: The game has begun: RSL in red/red, Sounders in rave/blue.

Lineups: Seattle: GK, Keller; D Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Wahl; M Rosales, ALonso, Friberg, Fernandez; F Fucito, Montero. Reserves:Ford, Carrasco, Ianni, Jaqua, Neagle, Noonan, Scott.

For RSL: GK Rimando; D Russell, Olave, Borchers, Beltran; M Beckerman, Johnson, Williams, Gil; F Espindola, Saborio. Reserves: Melia, Alexandre, Alvarez, Araujo, Grabavoy, Schuler, Warner.

Pregame: Beautiful day at CenturyLink for what might seems to be the game of the week in MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, starting at 1 p.m. and shown on KING 5, broadcast on the usual radio outlets, and of course followed here and on our Twitter page.

Here's a

preview from the Salt Lake Tribune

, and

another from the Deseret News

, which (rightly) calls the Sounders the hottest team in MLS.

Below, some more basics on today's game:

REAL SALT LAKE (12-7-6; 42 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (13-5-9; 48 PTS.)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For RSL – G 7, Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola; A 8, Kyle Beckerman; S 48, Saborio; SOG 24, Espindola; GAA 0.88, Nick Rimando. For Seattle – G 6, Alvaro Fernandez and Fredy Montero; A 9, Mauro Rosales; S 76, Montero; SOG 29, Montero; GAA 1.07, Kasey Keller. HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 2-1-2, including a 2-1 win in the May 28 match at Salt Lake.NOTES: Real Salt Lake is six points behind Seattle in the MLS standings, but has played two fewer games. … After losing four out of five games in late August, RSL has rebounded with back-to-back wins including 2-1 over Philadelphia last week. ... Seattle leads MLS in goals scored (42). Salt Lake is second in goals-against average (0.84), shots on goal (127) and corner kicks (147). … Seattle is 4-0-2 over its last six home league matches, while RSL has one win in its last nine road games. … With a win today, the Sounders would match their club record of six straight wins over all competitions. … RSL defender Jamison Olave, the 2010 MLS defender of the year, has moved to the top of the league’s Castrol Index, which attempts to measure a player’s overall impact on a game. … Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales (ankle) is out. Defender Robbie Russell (back) is questionable. … The Sounders are back in action after a 10-day break in competitions. This game begins a stretch of six matches in 18 days. … Rookie Josh Ford moves up to No. 2 goalkeeper after the Sounders put Terry Boss on the disabled list Friday due to a concussion. … Sounders Servando Carrasco, Erik Friberg, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl and Montero all are one caution away from one-game yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Mark Kadlecik. … The Sounders will join a league-wide “9/11 Memorial” commemoration today. Miniature U.S. flags will be distributed to fans, and players will wear armbands with a “9/11 Memorial” graphic.QUOTABLE: “Saborio has been strong for them and is scoring some goals for them. They have a strong midfield that supports him and his movement. … They’ve got a good team. They’ve been around the mix (since they won the 2009 MLS Cup).” -- Kasey KellerNEXT: The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League group play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, visiting CS Herediano in Costa Rica. Seattle’s next MLS regular season game is one week from today when D.C. United visits.