Sebastian Saucedo scored his first MLS goal in the 61st minute as Real Salt Lake defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 Saturday afternoon for their first road victory of the season.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made three saves to earn his MLS-record 140th career shutout and his third of the season for RSL (5-6-1), which entered 0-5-1 on the road.
The injury-riddled Sounders (2-6-2) were blanked for the seventh time this season and dropped to 1-3-1 at home. Their MLS-low seven goals on the season are four fewer than the next worst team.
Saucedo, a diminutive midfielder who rejoined RSL last year after spending a season on loan with Veracruz of Liga MX, took a pass from Danilo Acosta on the left wing and cut toward the middle of the field, dribbling past defender Kelvin Leerdam. Saucedo pulled up from about 25 yards out and launched a shot that curled into the top right corner of the net past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who could only get a piece of the ball.
The Sounders pressed for the tying goal in the final 15 minutes, but were unable to beat Rimando.
Leerdam’s cross in the 78th minute was scooped up by Rimando and Clint Dempsey’s left-footed shot went just wide of the net in the 81st minute, as did Jordan McCrary’s attempt in the 83rd after Waylon Francis’ cross to the back post.
The first half was scoreless, with Rimando making two strong saves midway through. In the 24th minute, he smothered a low, 15-yard shot from the right wing by the Sounders’ Magnus Wolff Eikram.
A minute later, Dempsey found a wide-open Nouhou Tolo down the left wing. Tolo dribbled within about 10 yards of the net before the RSL defense started to close and fired a low shot toward the left post that Rimando was able to get a foot on and deflect wide.
There were five yellow cards issued in a contentious first half, with RSL’s Sunny, Justen Glad and Kyle Beckerman being booked along with Seattle’s Eikram and Tolo.
RSL took a 10-9-4 lead in the all-time series between the teams and improved to 3-8-2 at CenturyLink Field.
—Field Level Media