Major League Soccer’s top two clubs – depending on how you do the figuring — meet tonight at CenturyLink Field.
Real Salt Lake arrives with a 7-3-2 record, which is good for a league-high 23 points. Sounders FC answers with a 7-1-1 record, which is good for a league-best average of 2.44 points per game.
“If you can’t be ready for this game and get motivated, maybe you’re not alive,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “Our team will be ready. We’re going to be motivated for this game. It’s a chance for us to move into first place overall — if you had a single table. And especially with still games in hand, I think that’s a good place to be.”
Finally, a quick scouting report:
REAL SALT LAKE (7-3-2; 23 POINTS)
AT SOUNDERS FC (7-1-1; 22 POINTS)
7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: Channel 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Salt Lake: G 4, Alvaro Saborio; A 3, Javier Morales; S 27, Fabian Espindola; SOG 11 Espindola; GAA 1.09; Nick Rimando. For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alex Caskey and Alvaro Fernandez; S 46, Fredy Montero; SOG 16, Montero; GAA 0.00; Bryan Meredith.
HEAD TO HEAD: The league series is even, 3-3-2, including the 2011 playoffs when Salt Lake eliminated the Sounders on a 3-2 aggregate score. The Sounders will visit RSL on July 4, and Real will return to Seattle on Oct. 17.
NOTES: Sounders FC is on a club-record five-game winning streak. Salt Lake is 2-1-2 over its last five. … Both teams played Wednesday: The Sounders won at Dallas, 2-0; RSL beat New England, 2-1. … Seattle enters the game with a 271-minute shutout streak. … RSL midfielder Javier Morales (quad) is listed as questionable, forward Cody Arnoux (adductor) as doubtful, and goalkeeper Nick Rimando (shoulder) as probable. … Salt Lake leads the league in fouls committed and yellow cards received, and is second in fouls suffered. … Sounders defender Zach Scott is unavailable after the MLS Disciplinary Committee issued a one-game suspension Friday for a dangerous tackle at Dallas. RSL’s Kyle Beckerman is one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Mark Geiger.
QUOTABLE: “You hope in your dreams that you might be able to achieve that. … We still need to get the last three of those to make that. But certainly 12 points in four games is a great run — and if we could get 15 that would be phenomenal.” — Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on his team’s effort to complete a run of 15 points in 15 days.
NEXT: At Vancouver Whitecaps, 2 p.m. May 19; BC Place Stadium.