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Saucedo scores first goal of season, RSL tops Sounders 1-0

By MARK MOSCHETTI
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – 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.

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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 tied it 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 goalkeeper Nick Rimando reached up to slap it over the top.

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