SEATTLE -- In spectacular fashion, Fabian Espindola became the leading goal-scorer in Real Salt Lake history.
Espindola returned the RSL line-up after a one-match absence to score the match-winning goal in Real's pulsating 1-0 victory over Seattle on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.
Espindola's 50th minute tally was his 30th career goal in a Real Salt Lake uniform, breaking a tie with Robbie Findley (29 goals) for the top spot in team history.
The goal was set up brilliantly after a back-heeled pass from Alvaro Saborio near the edge of the third was settled to Luis Gil, with Gil deftly floating the ball up through the Sounders defense to Espindola on the left edge of the box. Espindola finished with screaming left-to-right shot that left Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith unable to even move before it hit the back of the net.
RSL also won its second straight regular season match in the Emerald City, edging head 3-2-2 in the regular season series.
Real, which extended its unbeaten streak to a season-high five straight matches, also maintained the top spot in the MLS standings with the result, moving to 8-3-2 (26 points) and opening up a four-point lead over the Sounders. The loss also ended Seattle's franchise-record five-match winning, and six-match unbeaten, streak.
The first half of the match was a high-tempo affair, with play rushing from one end of the pitch to the other, in Seattle's preferred rapid pacing. The Sounders finished the first half with a 4-2 shots advantage, but RSL managed the only attempt on frame during the opening stanza.
Real was forced to substitute out starting outside back Chris Wingert in the middle of the opening half after he suffered a left hamstring injury. Chris Schuler, who normally plays in a central role, came on in the 20th minute to replace him.
With Saturday's match in the books, RSL will take a few days off for rest as it prepares for a two-week break prior to its next contest, a May 26 clash with FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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