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September 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

‘Now we have to make sure we stay (in first place) and enjoy the view a little bit.’

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Here is the team-provided quote sheet and box score from Sounders FC’s 2-0 home win Friday against Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake:

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Sigi Schmid – Sounders FC Head Coach

(On thoughts of the game…) “Obviously we were very pleased with the result. I thought we came out and played very well the first 15, 20 minutes in the game, which is one of the things we talked about-coming out with good energy, good enthusiasm carrying into the game tonight. We had the goal, as well. I thought we were a little unfortunate not to get a few more goals in the first and some in the second half with some of the breakaways we had. I think we bent, but we didn’t give up a lot of chances to them with things that were clean or clear cut. I was very pleased with our team’s effort and performance today and we kept on, kept climbing and now we’re in first place and now we got to make sure to stay there and enjoy the view a little bit.”

(On the steady climb to the top of the standings…) “I always believe and the guys in the locker room always believe that sometimes things bounce your way and sometimes they don’t. Those bounces have started to even up a little bit, but the guys continue to work hard. The commitment to defending is something we had already talked about a couple times after the game and got another shutout today. You never know what other teams are going to do, how many points they are going to accumulate, so all we can control is the points we can accumulate. We got to get those games in hand, we got to win those points, and we got to continue to win at home. Maybe our away record isn’t as good as it was last year, but certainly our home record is making up for it”

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September 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Another big crowd, another big win

“Keep ’em coming. Keep those big crowds coming.” Coach Sigi Schmid couldn’t wait to get those words out. In fact, he interrupted the reporter’s question to say as much. Another big crowd (this one of 55,107). Another big win. Here are some updates on the relevant figures: Sounders are 9-0-2 in front of home crowds over 40,000. Goal differential:…

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September 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, lineups

Big night here at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake. The top best teams in MLS right now. The NBC Sports Network is in town for a national broadcast. A larger-than-normal crowd is expected, as ticket sales were at 52,000 earlier in the week. Seattle, the winner of four straight and seven of eight, could…

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September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Sounders trade Servando Carrasco, draft pick to Houston for midfielder Adam Moffat

Just a couple hours before the roster freeze, the Sounders have made a move. They traded midfielder Servando Carrasco and a natural second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Adam Moffat, a seven-year veteran. Moffat, 27, is joining his fourth team since 2010 but was on coach Sigi Schmid‘s MLS…

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September 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, preview and prediction

Real Salt Lake LogoSounders FC (14-8-4) vs. Real Salt Lake (14-8-6)
Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
National TV: NBC Sports Network (John Strong, Kyle Martino)
Local radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Ross Fletcher, Kasey Keller)
Spanish radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM
Referee: Allen Chapman

KEY RSL PLAYERS

GK Nick Rimando — He’s been nearly unbeatable in the rivalry. The Sounders have just two goals against him in the last 659 minutes dating to the 2011 playoffs. He also has five shutouts in the last seven meetings. Sigi Schmid, who coached Rimando at UCLA, said the ‘keeper is so well-liked that teammates work harder for him. Schmid and counterpart Michael Gspurning have sung his praises this week.

M Javier Morales — RSL’s 52 goals are quite a bit more than everyone else in the league (the next most is Montreal’s 45), and the playmaking Argentine has a lot to do with it. He has seven goals and 10 assists in what is on track to be his best season. He’s the type of player that fans leaguewide want in a creative, attack-minded presence in the middle of the field, and it looks like he’ll be around a while after signing a new deal in January.

M Ned Grabavoy — This 10-year MLS veteran never gets a lot of attention, but he’s quietly put together his best season in the league. He’s got five goals (four on the road) and five assists and leads the team with 26 games, 24 starts and 2,220 minutes. RSL’s diamond midfield has often taken control in games against Seattle, and he has been one of the reasons along with guys like Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson, Andy Williams and Luis Gil over the years.

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