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SANDY, UTAH (AP) - Alvaro Saborio scored two goals to lift Real Salt Lake to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinals series Saturday night.
Ned Grabavoy tacked on a late goal to give Salt Lake a three-goal advantage going into the second and final leg of the series on Wednesday.
Salt Lake controlled possession and pressed the attack throughout much of the first half. The aggressive play resulted in some early scoring chances.
Saborio finally took advantage in the 42nd minute. With goalkeeper Kasey Keller out of position, Saborio took a pass from Chris Wingert and tapped the ball across the line.
Saborio came up big again in the 53rd minute. He took a pass from Javier Morales after a throw-in and flicked the ball around Seattle defender Jeff Parke with his back heel and sent it into the net
Grabavoy capped off the scoring in the 89th minute when he tracked down a poorly cleared ball, shook off a defender and slotted the ball inside the right post.
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