Here is our preview story from today's paper, and below are some basics on the game:
SOUNDERS FC (0-2-1; 1 POINT)AT REAL SALT LAKE (1-2-1; 4 POINTS)6 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Salt Lake leads the regular season series 3-2-4 overall, but the clubs are 1-1-2 at Rio Tinto. RSL eliminated Seattle from the 2011 playoffs, while Seattle eliminated RSL last season. The last eight regular season meetings have been decided by one goal or fewer. Last season, a total of two goals – one by each team -- were scored over five meetings.NOTES: The Sounders lost 1-0 at San Jose last weekend. The club hasn’t lost back-to-back league games since March 2011 – the longest streak in MLS history. A Sounders loss also would give them the worst start in club history. … Seattle is expected to be close to full strength with the return of forwards Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins from international duty, and midfielders Shalrie Joseph and Brad Evans from injury. … Five Salt Lake players are back from international duty: goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Kyle Beckerman, defenders Tony Beltran and Adoulie Mansally, and forward Alvaro Saborio. … Saborio is second in MLS with three goals this season. He had a career-high 17 last season. Rimando is second in MLS career shutouts and wins, third in starts in goal and saves. … RSL has gone 0-2-1 since opening the season with a 2-0 win at San Jose. … RSL has made the playoffs the past five seasons, the longest active streak in MLS. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTABLE: “If you’re 4-v-2 all the time … it makes it difficult. So we have to make sure we’re dealing with that based on the way we want to play. And hopefully if things go right, they have to change to us. They have to worry about our wide guys, and they have to stretch their diamond out a little bit.” – Seattle assistant Brian Schmetzer on RSL’s 4-4-2 diamond formation.NEXT: The Sounders open their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Santos Laguna at 7 p.m. Tuesday at CenturyLink Field. Seattle returns to MLS action at April 13 when New England visits.
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