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Gameday comes: Sounders-RSL tonight

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REAL SALT LAKE (12-5-10; 46 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (16-7-3; 51 POINTS)7:53 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Salt Lake leads 6-4-4 in overall regular season play, but the Sounders lead 3-2-2 in Seattle. This season, the Sounders won 4-0 at home in May before losing 2-1 in Utah last month. This is the last scheduled meeting of the season. NOTES: Seattle has the best record in MLS, while Salt Lake is third in the Western Conference. … The Sounders have the most wins in the league, while RSL is tied with Los Angeles for the fewest losses. … Seattle is on a three-game winning streak. Salt Lake is 5-1-3 over its last nine matches. … The Sounders are 9-3-1 at home, RSL is 4-4-5 away. … Obafemi Martins leads Seattle with 12 goals and nine assists. Joao Plata leads RSL with 11 goals, while Javier Morales leads with 10 assists. … Seattle will be without midfielder Marco Pappa due to international duty and center back Djimi Traore (quadriceps). … Sounders Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda and Zach Scott are one yellow card away from accumulation suspension, as are RSL’s Chris Schuler and Morales. … The referee is Kevin Stott. … Fans attending the match are reminded that the Mariners also are at home tonight, meeting Oakland at 7:10 p.m. at nearby Safeco Field. CenturyLink Field gates will open at 6 p.m.QUOTABLE: “He’s a calculated finisher. Underrated passer. He’s simple. He’s a guy who can play with his back to goal, he’s a guy who can connect for their team. But mainly it’s his prowess in the air that makes them a different team on set pieces, because when you add (Alvaro) Saborio to Schuler and (Nat) Borchers, there’s some pretty big bodies that you have to worry about on set pieces.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the return of Saborio from a foot injury.NEXT: The Sounders visit the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup final at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. They return to MLS play Sept. 20 at New York.