Fulham's Clint Dempsey (R) celebrates scoring against Bolton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London December 17, 2011. (Photo : REUTERS/Toby Melville)
The Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake will meet in a pivotal match on Friday.
Both clubs are currently in a race for first place in the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake leads with 48 points in 28 games. However, Seattle is just two points behind and has two games in hand. A victory is essential for Seattle as it gives them a five point lead over its rivals with two games in hand; this lead is easier to hold than a one point lead. If Seattle wins, then they would trail Salt Lake by just one point with two games in hand.
Seattle is on a four-game winning streak, which it recently extended it with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA.
"It's no secret, winning gives you confidence," midfielder Servando Carrasco said about his club's success, according to Major League Soccer's official website. "We're on a tremendous momentum right now and things are going our way. We're playing well, we're creating chances. We've been scored on once in four games and when you have that stat, you're going to be in position to win games."
Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake is coming off a 4-2 win against Portland Timbers. The team knows that it is atop the table, but is also cautious of getting too confident.
"Obviously, we are at the top of the table now, but we were in some good positions there to put a little bit of space between ourselves and a few of the other teams," said Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy, according to MLSSoccer.com. So it was good to finally do that because in some other situations we haven't cashed in on that opportunity."
Start Time: 10 p.m. EST