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RSL tries to slow streaking Sporting

Jun 19, 2015 - 5:02 PM Sandy, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Sporting Kansas City attempts to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games on Sunday when the club visits Rio Tinto Stadium to face Real Salt Lake.

Sporting's streak reached seven games with a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC thanks to a goal in the 84th minute from Benny Feilhaber, which moved Kansas City into third place in the Western Conference, five points back of the Sounders at the top of the table.

The match saw Sporting keep a clean sheet for the third successive game, while the club will certainly gain confidence from the fact that they knocked off a top team despite a number of injury absences.

"Obviously we have a lot of injuries right now and a bunch of games in a short time, so the fact that we're getting results in the fashion that we are is really going to be huge for the rest of the season when we're at full strength," said goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Based on current form Sporting should have a great chance at continuing to collect points as Real Salt Lake comes into Sunday's game having earned just one point from its last three games.

Salt Lake suffered back-to-back losses before a 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids in a Rocky Mountain Cup clash last time out.

"Today was a missed opportunity," RSL head coach Jeff Cassar said following the draw with the Rapids. "With that being said I still thought we had a good performance. I thought our offense clicked very well, and I thought we limited them to not too many opportunities. Some direct play that they had, and some set plays we defended those pretty good for the most part. So we limited them and then we created a lot of chances. If we get that one I think things will open up and we'll get more."

Cassar will need more goals from his team if they are going to turn things around as Salt Lake has managed only one goal in the last three league outings, which doesn't bode well against a Sporting defense in top form.

RSL did find the net twice in a 2-1 U.S. Open Cup win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Wednesday, and Cassar must hope that can spark something in his dormant attack.