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Sounders look to extend unbeaten run vs. Real Salt Lake

Field Level Media
23 Jun 2021, 05:05 GMT+10

The Seattle Sounders are the last remaining undefeated team in MLS.

But that might not be the most impressive thing about their play this season.

The Sounders (6-0-3, 21 points) have allowed just four goals all season -- none during the run of play. Two of their opponents' goals have come on penalty kicks and the other two on direct free kicks.

They'll look to continue that streak when they play host to Real Salt Lake (3-1-3, 12 points) on Wednesday night.

"We really need to cherish this," Sounders midfielder Joao Paulo said through an interpreter. "I bet it is very difficult to find any team around the world that can reach a sequence like this. It's not only the work of the defense, but also the entire group. We are succeeding in minimizing shots and minimizing opportunities for the opposition."

The Sounders are coming off a 2-1 victory at the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday, as they rallied on goals by Yeimar Gomez Andrade and Raul Ruidiaz after conceding an early penalty. Ruidiaz is tied with the Galaxy's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez for the league lead with seven goals.

Ruidiaz returned to Seattle after he wasn't chosen for Peru's squad for Copa America.

"Raul came back from Peru to be with us," Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said. "We're very happy about that. The fact he scored the winning goal puts a smile on my face."

Real Salt Lake are undefeated in their past four matches, defeating visiting Vancouver 3-1 last Friday after three consecutive draws. Damir Kreilach scored twice, including one of two RSL goals in second-half stoppage time.

RSL captain Albert Rusnak, who was left off Slovakia's roster for Euro 2021, got his first point of the season with an assist on Kreilach's first goal.

"I'm happy for Albert," RSL coach Freddy Juarez said. "I thought he had a very good game."

Rusnak and midfielder Everton Luiz both bleached their hair before Friday's contest.

"If it brings a little bit of extra for them, we'll take it," Juarez said.

--Field Level Media

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