The top two teams in Major League Soccer will meet today, but without many of the key players to got them to where they are. Here is our preview story from today's News Tribune.
Below, some of the basics:
REAL SALT LAKE (6-0-6; 24 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (8-3-2; 26 POINTS)1 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Salt Lake leads the regular-season series 5-3-4. The series is even, 2-2-2, in Seattle. The clubs will meet again Aug. 16 in Utah and will return to CenturyLink Field on Sept. 12. NOTES: This is a pairing of the top two teams in Major League Soccer. Salt Lake is the only team without a loss, and with a win or a draw Saturday would set a league record for longest unbeaten streak to open a season. … These also are the two highest-scoring teams in MLS. Seattle has 25 goals, RSL has 23. … The Sounders are on a four-game home winning streak. RSL is 3-0-3 on the road. … Seattle will be without goals-leader Clint Dempsey and right back DeAndre Yedlin due to national team duty. Salt Lake will be without captain Kyle Beckerman (USA), goalkeeper Nick Rimando (USA) and forward Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica, injury). RSL forward Joao Plata (hamstring) is doubtful. … This is Sounders FC’s final home match until July 13, as the club faces three straight road games around the league’s World Cup break. … Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso and RSL’s Javier Morales are one yellow card away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Ricardo Salazar.QUOTABLE: “I think they’re still a good team. Obviously we’re missing some people, they’re missing some people. Statistically from the standpoint of points, it’s the top two teams in the league, so it should be a great game.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid.NEXT: The Sounders visit the Chicago Fire at 5:30 p.m. June 7.