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Fabian Espindola scores to lift Real Salt Lake

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 9:53 p.m. MDT

Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran, left, battles for the ball with Sounders' David Estrada during the first half of play in a MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press) Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran, left, battles for the ball with Sounders' David Estrada during the first half of play in a MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Fabian Espindola scored in the 51st minute and Real Salt Lake beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday night in a showdown for the Western Conference lead.

Salt Lake improved to 8-3-2, dropping Seattle to 7-2-1 and snapping the Sounders' franchise record-tying winning streak at five games in front of a season-high crowd of 39,312 — the third largest in Seattle MLS history. Seattle, coming off three consecutive shutouts, could have moved into first place with a victory.

Espindola scored on a left-footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. He returned after missing a 0-0 draw with Chicago on Wednesday night following the birth of his son.

RSL improved to 3-0-2 over the last five matches. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando didn't have to make any saves after missing the game against Chicago because of a shoulder injury.

Sounders' Fredy Montero, left, streaks away from Real Salt Lake's Chris Wingert during the first half of play in a MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press) Sounders' Fredy Montero, left, streaks away from Real Salt Lake's Chris Wingert during the first half of play in a MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press)

Real Salt Lake outshot the Sounders 10-8.

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