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Sebastian Saucedo scores first goal of season, Real Salt Lake tops Sounders 1-0

Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer holds his tie as he walks off the pitch following the team’s MLS soccer match against the Columbus Crew,  May 5 in Seattle. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer holds his tie as he walks off the pitch following the team’s MLS soccer match against the Columbus Crew, May 5 in Seattle. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

SEATTLE – Sebastian Saucedo launched a shot that found the upper right corner in the 61st minute in Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Saucedo got the chance for his first goal of the season when Danilo Acosta passed the ball across the field to him on the attacking left side. Saucedo took it toward the top of the penalty area and sent a rising shot at the far post. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei leaped across the goalmouth and got his left hand on the ball, but not enough to keep it out of the net.

It was a rare victory on turf for Salt Lake (5-6-1), which is 10-32-18 on artificial surfaces in franchise history.

The Sounders (2-6-2) nearly equalizdd just three minutes after Saucedo’s goal. Magnus Wolff Eikrem sent a free kick from the right side into the box. It was headed toward Lamar Neagle, and his header from the top of the 6-yard box was about to dip under the crossbar when RSL goalkeper reached up to slap it over the top.

Rimando recorded his third shutout. Seattle has been blanked seven times in 10 games this season.


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