RSL v. Seattle Sounders FC

Real Salt Lake
2- 0
Seattle
SATURDAY, JUN 22 7:30PM MDT Rio Tinto Stadium

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman (C), Khari Stephenson (Sebastian Velasquez, 77'), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales (Yordany Alvarez, 90'), Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley (Olmes Garcia, 67')

Subs not used: Josh Saunders (GK), Lovel Palmer, Joao Plata, Devon Sandoval

Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Michael Gspurning, Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Leo Gonzalez, Mauro Rosales (C), Servando Carrasco, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle (Mario Roberto Martinez, 57'), Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson (David Estrada, 73')

Subs not used: Marcus Hahnemann (GK), Marc Burch, Alex Caskey, Andy Rose

Recap

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (9-5-3, 30 points, West #1) gained sole possession of the Supporters’ Shield lead on Saturday night, beating Seattle Sounders FC (6-5-3, 21 points, West #6) 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium to move past FC Dallas and into first-place in MLS.

Captain Kyle Beckerman and FW Robbie Findley scored in the 41st and 46th minutes for RSL, which turned in a dominant defensive performance, holding Seattle to a mere two shots and allowing zero clear-cut chances.

Saturday’s win was the fifth-straight in all competitions for RSL. The Claret-and-Cobalt is now unbeaten in its last seven and 8-1-1 in its last 10 games across all comps. RSL leads the league in both goals scored with 26 and goal differential with a +10 mark.

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Highlights

Kreis Press Conference

Beckerman Reaction

Findley Reaction
Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis

If he thought RSL would be at the top of the table halfway through season:

“No, I think realistically, I looked at us as being a team that was going to be learning the whole season, a team that was hopefully going to be improving the whole season. And I’ve been fairly unconcerned with our placement in the standings. Just because we’re first now I’m not going to start concerning myself and being happy about that. I’m still looking at the individual performances, when I say individual performances I mean week in and week out, individual games and looking for places we can improve.”

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Match Stats
Club Time Player (Assisted by)
RSL 41' Kyle Beckerman  
RSL 46' Robbie Findley (Alvaro Saborio)
Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 24' Chris Wingert Foul Yellow
RSL 59' Kyle Beckerman Foul Yellow
SEA 61' Leonardo Gonzalez Foul Yellow
SEA 74' Djimi Traore Dissent Yellow

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake   Seattle Sounders FC
17 Attempts on Goal 2
6 Shots on Target 1
2 Shots off Target 1
9 Blocked Shots 0
8 Corner Kicks 3
11 Fouls 11
13 Open Play Crosses 7
4 Offsides 1
2 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
55 Duels Won 54
50% Duels Won % 49%
410 Total Pass 373
76% Passing Accuracy % 74%
52.8% Possession 47.2%