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Soccer: Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales labors through injuries

RSL’s Morales labors through one injury after another.

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"It’s a huge opportunity for us to show how good we are in this league," defender Nat Borchers said.

Meanwhile, Morales will keep working on yet another return to action.

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Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders

At Qwest Field, Seattle

Kickoff » 8 p.m. MDT

TV » Channel 4

Radio » 700 AM, 1600 AM, 102.3 FM

Records » RSL 7-3-2, Seattle 7-1-1

Regular-season series » Tied, 2-2-2

Last meeting » RSL 2, Seattle 1 (Sept. 10, 2011)

About RSL » It’s riding a four-game unbeaten streak, but also has not won in four straight road games. … Forward Alvaro Saborio leads the team with four goals. … It has won all five games this season in which it has scored first and taken a lead into halftime. … Goalkeeper Nick Rimando said he’s ready to start, after missing a scoreless draw in Chicago to nurse a shoulder injury.

About the Sounders » Riding a five-game winning streak, they are hoping to jump to the top of the MLS Western Conference with a victory and a San Jose loss or draw against Chivas USA. … Forward David Estrada leads the team with four goals.

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Lagerwey said he deserves credit for his commitment to coming back from his previous injuries, especially considering Seattle’s Steve Zakuani and FC Dallas’ David Ferreira have not done as well after suffering similarly devastating injuries at about the same time as Morales had his ankle shattered. Remember, Morales was tremendous when RSL destroyed the Sounders at home in last year’s playoffs.

The team is also hoping the schedule finally helps.

After playing in Seattle, RSL has two weeks until its next league game, and another three weeks until the one after that.

"We have to focus on his long-term health as opposed to his short-term health," Lagerwey said. "We’ll take this opportunity to get Javi healthy for the rest of the season."

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