Kyle Beckerman scored a goal right before halftime, and Robbie Findley added another immediately after it to lift Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.
The win vaulted RSL (9-5-3) into first place into the Western Conference. Seattle (6-5-3) lost for just the second time in its past nine MLS matches.
Salt Lake has scored two or more goals in five consecutive matches. RSL has 27 goals in its last 10 games across all competitions this season, registering eight wins during that stretch.
Beckerman put Salt Lake on the board in the 41st minute after cleaning up a deflected free kick by Javier Morales. The ball bounced off a defender and took a hop out to Beckerman on the right side of the box. He cleaned it up, sliding a half-volley under the crossbar.
Salt Lake created a much bigger hole for the Sounders right after halftime. Findley gave RSL a two-goal lead in the 46th minute on a second-chance goal after his initial shot was saved.
Findley tracked down a deep pass from Morales and fired a right-footer just outside the 6-yard box. Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning cleared the ball out to Khari Stephenson, who flicked ahead to Findley. He launched another shot just outside the right upper corner of the box. This time, he threaded the ball inside the left post.
The Sounders hardly could do anything against a stiff RSL defense. They did not create their first shot of the game until Mario Martinez curled the ball from the right side of the box at RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando in the 73rd minute.
Seattle finished with two shots. RSL tallied 17 shots, putting six on frame.
FC Dallas 2, Sporting Kansas City 2: In Frisco, Texas, Andrew Jacobson and Walker Zimmerman scored in the final two minutes of regulation to lift FC Dallas into a draw with Sporting Kansas City.
Jacobson scored in the 88th minute, and Zimmerman followed with his first MLS goal in the 90th to cap the comeback for Dallas (8-3-5), which remains unbeaten at home this season at 7-0-2.
Dallas remains atop the Western Conference standings, despite going 1-2-2 in its past five matches.
After Kei Kamara’s penalty-kick goal in the 43rd minute and an own goal in the 58th, Kansas City (6-5-5) seemed to be in good shape, even after going down to 10 men after C.J. Sapong’s ejection in the 68th minute.
Fire 2, Crew 1: In Columbus, Ohio, Mike Magee had the winning goal, and Joel Lindpere had two assists to help Chicago (5-7-3) rally past Columbus.
Federico Higuain scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute for Columbus (5-6-5).
D.C. United 1, Earthquakes 0: In Washington, Chris Pontius converted a penalty kick in the 11th minute that helped D.C. United beat San Jose.
The victory was the first for D.C. United (2-11-3) since March 9 and snapped a club-record 13-game winless streak.
San Jose (4-7-6) was shut out for the third time in four games.
Toronto FC 0, Dynamo 0: Joe Bendik stopped four shots for Toronto FC, and Tally Hall made three saves for host Houston in the scoreless draw.
Houston (6-5-5) is winless in six games, while Toronto FC (2-7-6) extended its unbeaten streak to three.