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September 13, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
CenturyLink Field — Seattle, Washington
Referee:‬ A. Chapman‎
Attendance:‬ 55107‎
 
 
38′ Lamar Neagle
 

Seattle Sounders 2-0 Real Salt Lake: Sounders take Shield lead with huge win

The Emerald City side capped a remarkable season turnaround with a vital win to take spot in MLS.

By Keith Hickey

Lamar Neagle, Seattle Sounders FC, MLS
Otto Greule Jr
The Seattle Sounders took first place and pole position in the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield race with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Seattle wasted no time getting on the board, scoring in just the third minute. A nice passing move pulled the RSL back line out of position, and Andy Rose's neat chip back from the endline dropped invitingly for a poorly-marked Obafemi Martins to volley in.

Lamar Neagle made it two before halftime with his third goal in as many games, bringing him to a new career high of eight in a single season. A marauding run brought right back DeAndre Yedlin down the wing and an excess of open acreage allowed him to turn inside and pick out Neagle while Mauro Rosales drew the defense away with a near post run.

Where the Sounders were, at one point, a full 15 points out of first place, the win over RSL sends Seattle top of all MLS and the Western Conference. The  Rave Green are now a single point ahead of RSL, but with two precious games in hand.

The Sounders (15-8-4) have now won five in a row, with eight victories in their last nine matches. Real Salt Lake (14-9-6) slips to its first loss in four games.


Seattle Sounders FC

81
Michael Gspurning
Goalkeeper
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4
Marc Burch
Defender
61′
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12
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17
DeAndre Yedlin
Defender
79′
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20
Zach Scott
Defender
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34
 - 
6
Osvaldo Alonso
Midfielder
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7
Mauro Rosales
Midfielder
75′
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5
Andy Rose
Midfielder
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27
Lamar Neagle
Midfielder
38′ 93′
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9
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Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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2
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6
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16
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17
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
90′
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
33′
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
63′
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
46′
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8
Joao Plata
Striker
76′
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10

Substitutes

24
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6
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18
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7
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12
Alex Caskey
Midfielder
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2
 - 
16
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Substitutes

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24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
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12
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 - 
9
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49

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Robbie Keane Robbie Keane
Striker
LA Galaxy
4 0