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
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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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.”