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Real Salt Lake turns to No. 3 keeper for Sporting KC clash
July 20th, 2013 5:01AM

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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 21]  Real Salt Lake has a four-point edge in the race for the Supporters' Shield, but it will be short-handed for its a battle of conference leaders against Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Third-string keeper Jeff Attinella will get the start in goal with No. 1 keeper Nick Rimando one of four starters away on Gold Cup duty and backup Josh Saunders sidelined with a knee injury suffered a week ago.

Attinella was named to the 2012 NASL Best XI after leading the Tampa Bay Rowdies to the NASL title. He was signed by RSL in the offseason but returned on loan to the Rowdies earlier this season.

He will have to play behind a backline that has been hit hard by injuries and ailments. The latest: 19-year-old Mexican Carlos Salcedo had surgery on Sunday to have his gall bladder removed -- 15 hours after playing in the 3-0 win over FC Dallas. Out with injuries are center backs Chris Schuler and Kwame Watson-Siriboe.

Besides Rimando, other RSL players still at the Gold Cup are Tony Beltran and Kyle Beckerman for the USA and Alvaro Saborio for Costa Rica.

Sporting Kansas City lost one national team starter, Matt Besler, for up to the next two weekends when Jurgen Klinsmann used his option to add four new players for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, but another, Graham Zusi, was not called up from the 35-player shortlist.

Other MLS players on Gold Cup duty this weekend:

Chicago (Sean Johnson, USA)
*Chivas USA (Steven Purdy, El Salvador)
Columbus (Jairo Arrieta, Costa Rica)
FC Dallas (Blas Perez, Panama)
D.C. United (Bill Hamid, USA)
*Houston (Will Bruin, USA)
Los Angeles (Landon Donovan, USA)
New York (Roy Miller, Costa Rica)
Philadelphia (Keon Daniel, Trinidad & Tobago)
Portland (Rodney Wallace, Costa Rica)
*San Jose (Marvin Chavez, Honduras; Clarence Goodson, USA)
Seattle (Eddie Johnson, USA)
*No MLS game this weekend.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 21:
Saturday, July 20
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
Toronto FC vs. New York
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. FC Dallas
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New England
Philadelphia vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. D.C. United
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver

MLS RESULTS, Week 21:
Wednesday, July 17
Colorado 2 New England 1.
NE: Juan Toja 15
COL: Nick LaBrocca (Dillon Powers) 62
COL: own goal 67
Att.: 13,833.

Wednesday, July 17
Chivas USA 1 Toronto FC 0.
CHV: Erick Torres (Tristan Bowen) 79
Att.: 7,851.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

33 Sporting KC 9-5-6 29/19
31 Montreal 9-5-4 31/29
31 New York 9-7-4 29/24
30 Philadelphia 8-6-6 32/30
29 Houston 8-6-5 22/19
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24 New England 6-7-6 23/18
23 Columbus 6-8-5 23/23
21 Chicago 6-9-3 20/28
13 Toronto FC 2-10-7 17/28
10 D.C. United 2-13-4 8/29

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

37 Real Salt Lake 11-5-4 32/18
33 Portland 8-2-9 30/18
32 Vancouver 9-5-5 33/26
31 FC Dallas 8-5-7 27/27
30 LA Galaxy 9-8-3 30/24
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30 Colorado 8-7-6 25/23
24 Seattle 7-7-3 21/20
24 San Jose 6-9-6 21/32
17 Chivas USA 4-11-5 18/35
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
12 Camilo (Vancouver)
11 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
7 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 22:
Saturday, July 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New England
Montreal vs. Sporting KC
New York vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland

Sunday, July 28

11 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA, Univision Dep.


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