Sports briefs: Real Salt Lake drops Desert Diamond Cup Final to Seattle; Utah Grizzlies win

Published: Saturday, Feb. 23 2013 10:00 p.m. MST

Alvaro Sabor’o y Paulo Jr. de Real Salt Lake combate cabezear el bal—n Steven Beitashour de los San Jose Earthquakes durante el partido MLS en el estadio Rio Tinto en Sandy el s‡bado, 23 de junio, 2012. San Jose gan—, 2-1 Alvaro Sabor’o and Paulo Jr. of Real Salt Lake jump for the header against Steven Beitashour of the San Jose Earthquakes during their MLS matchup at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Saturday, June 23, 2012. San Jose defeated RSL 2-1.

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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RSL Drops Desert Diamond Cup Final

TUCSON, Ariz. — Real Salt Lake dropped the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Final on Saturday night, conceding a second-half goal to fall to Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Saturday's game was RSL's final preseason contest. The Claret-and-Cobalt will return to Utah today to begin preparations for its March 3 MLS regular season opener at defending Supporters' Shield winners San Jose Earthquakes.

Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis ran out his first-choice lineup against a reserve-laden Sounders FC side, which played its starters on Friday in a friendly against Mexican side Veracruz.

Grizzlies, eagles split weekend games

LOVELAND, Colo. — The Colorado Eagles defeated the Utah Grizzlies 5-0 Saturday evening in a battle of two short-handed teams.

Each team finished the night with 13 skaters as Utah's Colin Vock and Riley Armstrong didn't return for the start of the second period.

The Grizzlies defeated the Eagles 3-2 in overtime on Friday night.

— Deseret News staff reports

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