SEATTLE — Kyle Reynish, who has played just one game in goal this season for Real Salt Lake, stepped in for Nick Rimando on Thursday night, and Kasey keller, his counterpart, saved a first-half penalty kick as Real and Seattle battled to a 0-0 tie.
Rimando, who helped Salt Lake (12-4-8, 44 points) win the MLS Cup at Seattle's Qwest Field last November, tweaked his Achilles' tendon during practice on Wednesday and was held out as a precautionary measure by coach Jason Kreis. Reynish made just two saves.
It was Salt Lake's fourth straight shutout. It has not allowed a goal in 452 minutes.
Keller kept the Sounders (9-9-6, 33 points) in the tie in the 32nd minute when he stopped Robbie Findley's penalty kick. Findley had been tripped by Seattle defender Jeff Parke in the left side of the box, Referee Paul Ward immediately pointed to the spot. It was the fourth PK Keller has faced this year — and second in the last three games — but was his first stop.
Thursday's draw helped Salt Lake climb into a tie with Columbus and Los Angeles for the best point total in MLS with 44. Salt Lake has played one more game (24) than the Crew or Galaxy.
Reynish's only previous game was Aug. 11 in Philadelphia, when he helped RSL gain a 1-1 tie against the Union. Otherwise, Rimando has played every minute for Salt Lake, posting a league-leading 11 shutouts and the second-lowest goals-against average of 0.68.
Real Salt Lake extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (3-0-4) and is 11-1-7 in is last 19 games, the only loss during that stretch was a 2-0 decision at FC Dallas on July 17. This was the 10th shutout in those 19 games.