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Sounders will travel, train in Utah today

RSLThe Sounders will travel to Utah today and train this afternoon in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, where they will meet RSL at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

There should be some updates after the training session, but until then, these pregame notes from the club:

The Last TimeSeattle and Salt Lake last met on May 31 at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC entered the match as the top team in MLS while RSL had matched the league record for longest unbeaten streak (6-0-6) to start a season. With a 4-nil victory, Sounders FC matched its club record for largest margin of victory as four different players (Pineda, Pappa, Barrett and Martins) scored goals. Following its first defeat of the season, Salt Lake dropped three of its next five before its current five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten run. Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake have become familiar foes over the past six seasons, meeting 13 times in the regular season, four times in the MLS Cup Playoffs and once in the U.S. Open Cup. The 18 total meetings between the two sides are the second-most in club history (Los Angeles - 19). SEA-RSL Series Fast Facts* Sounders FC holds the all-time all competitions advantage with a record of 7-6-5, and is 4-5-4 in the regular season series* Seattle is 2-4-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium, including a win in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals* Sounders FC has outscored RSL, 14-11, but has been out-shot, 130-155* Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins (two goals) and Robbie Findley (3) are the active goal scoring leaders in the series.* Kenny Cooper leads all Sounders FC players with six career goals against RSL. A total of nine active Sounders FC players have scored against RSL.* The two sides met in the 2011 and 2012 Western Conference Semifinals, with Seattle ousting RSL in the 2012 series. About Real Salt LakeReal Salt Lake sits second in the Western Conference with 39 points (10-4-9), including a 6-1-5 record at home this season. The club is currently riding a five-match unbeaten streak (3-0-2), most recently earning a 3-0 home win over D.C. United on Saturday. The Claret-and-Cobalt rank fourth in MLS in both goals (36) and assists (32), and its plus-nine goal differential is tied with Seattle for third in MLS. Along with Seattle and Los Angeles, RSL is one of three teams to make the playoffs each season since 2009, winning the MLS Cup in 2009 and falling to Kansas City in the final last season. Salt Lake NotablesFirst-year Head Coach Jeff Cassar's attack is led by Joao Plata and Javier Morales, who have combined for 16 goals and 13 assists. Plata, an Ecuadorian international, has a career-high 10 goals this season and has scored a goal in four of his last six starts. Morales is second in MLS with nine assists in addition to his six goals. The Argentine midfielder has 34 goals and 62 assists in 177 appearances since joining RSL in 2007. Salt Lake also boasts a pair of U.S. World Cup players in midfielder Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Beckerman is fifth all-time with 342 career MLS appearances, recording 34 goals and 46 assists. Rimando recently recorded his 113th career clean sheet against D.C. over the weekend, giving him the most all-time in MLS. The UCLA alum also ranks second all-time in goalkeeper appearances, starts, and minutes, while ranking third in saves.
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