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Played
June 22, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ A. Villarreal‎
Attendance:‬ 19848‎
 
 
 

Real Salt Lake 2-0 Seattle Sounders: Royals outclass Sounders to go top in the West

The Seattle Sounders were sent packing as Jason Kreis's side showed its quality to claim first place in the Western Conference.

By Keith Hickey

Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake, MLS
Chris Nicoll
Real Salt Lake defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium to claim first place in the Western Conference, overtaking FC Dallas, which drew against Sporting Kansas City earlier in the day.

RSL took the lead in the 41st minute, when Javier Morales' free kick was deflected off the wall and fell to Kyle Beckerman, who did brilliantly to side-volley a high shot into the ceiling of the net.

Having scored just before halftime, RSL doubled its lead just after through Robbie Findley. The World Cup veteran had his initial effort saved by Michael Gspurning, but Alvaro Saborio was trailing, and kicked the ball back at Findley, who finished with his second effort.

Seattle's best chance came in the 82nd minute, when Obafemi Martins rounded Nick Rimando but fired his shot into the side netting.

Real Salt Lake moves into first in the West, with 30 points from 17 games. Seattle, with 21 from 14, is back in sixth, out of the last playoff spot on goal difference.


Real Salt Lake

18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tony Beltran
Defender
 - 
6
Nat Borchers
Defender
 - 
16
Carlos Salcedo
Defender
 - 
17
Chris Wingert
Defender
24′
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
41′ 59′
 - 
11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
91′
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
 - 
9
Khari Stephenson
Midfielder
77′
 - 
10
 - 
15
A. Saborío
Striker
 - 

Seattle Sounders FC

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81
 - 
12
 - 
18
 - 
20
Zach Scott
Defender
 - 
34
 - 
3
Brad Evans
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
7
Mauro Rosales
Midfielder
76′
 - 
17
 - 
27
Lamar Neagle
Midfielder
57′
 - 
9

Substitutes

12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
26
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
 - 
49
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
24
 - 
4
Marc Burch
Defender
 - 
12
Alex Caskey
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
21
Shalrie Joseph
Midfielder
76′
 - 
5
Andy Rose
Midfielder
 - 
16

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1