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Saturday comes: RSL-Sounders at 7 p.m.

A quick look ahead to tonight's game:

NO. 2 SOUNDERS FC (18-7-9; 63 PTS.) AT NO. 3 REAL SALT LAKE (15-11-3; 53 PTS.) 7 p.m.; Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: 2-2-2 overall. This season each club won, 2-1, on the opponent’s home pitch. TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 12, Fredy Montero; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 108, Montero; SOG 42, Montero; GAA 1.09; Kasey Keller. For RSL – G 11, Alvaro Saborio; A 9, Kyle Beckerman; S 66, Saborio; SOG 31, Fabian Espindola; GAA 1.09, Nick Rimando.NOTES: This is the first match of an aggregate-score, home-and-away series. Total goals over the two games will decide the winner. If goals are even after the second game, it will go into 30 minutes of extra time. If goals remain even, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks. The winner advances to play the winner of the New York-Los Angeles series in the Western Conference final. … RSL is winless over its last six matches. … The Sounders had the best regular-season road record in MLS, going 9-3-5. One of those victories snapped an MLS-record 29-game home unbeaten streak by RSL. … Salt Lake is second in the league in goals-against average (1.06), third in shots on goal and fouls committed, fourth in corner kicks and tied for fifth in cautions. … This is the fourth straight playoff appearance for RSL, which won the 2009 MLS Cup. This is the third straight appearance for the Sounders, who have never won a playoff game and have scored only one playoff goal. … Montero had either a goal or assist over the last eight MLS regular-season games. … Rosales (knee) did not travel and remains questionable for Game Two. … A sellout crowd of more than 20,000 is expected. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTABLE: “We know that Salt Lake is a formidable opponent ... the third-best team in the league over the course of the year. And we really want to advance. We want to do that for ourselves. We want to do that for our fans. And we want to do it for the development of the club.” – Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer.NEXT: The series concludes at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CenturyLink Field; ESPN2.

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