Player Ratings: RSL defense stands out in scoreless game

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In a defensive stand-off, the RSL defense looked as good as ever.

Jeff Attinella - 7.5 Attinella was very sound positionally and is gaining confidence with every save. A lot of clubs in MLS would be uneasy with their back-up keeper manning the goal for a couple months at a time, but RSL fans have the luxury of not having to worry about it. Attinella is doing very well.

Chris Wingert - 7 Wingert was also in the right places at the right times. He did not allow much to come through his side of the field.

Nat Borchers - 7.5 The White Rhino capably led the defense  to a shutout. He organized the back line and did not give Dallas many clear opportunities. He also took a rocket of a shot that was not far off from being on frame.

Chris Schuler - 8.5 Schuler had another excellent performance. Over the course of roughly 20 games when Schuler has been healthy, RSL has lost outright only once. Schuler is simply dominant in his position and there was no exception against Dallas. He thwarted their attack repeatedly.

Tony Beltran - 8.5 Beltran had likely one of the best if not the best game of the season so far in a performance in which he looked very sharp on both ends. He was up and down the field and made the opposition look understaffed to take him on.

Cole Grossman - 7 Grossman looked great on the defensive side of things but still needs to make a bit wiser decisions in his offensive thrust. This will come with time, and luckily, he has plenty of that coming up over the next couple of months.

Javier Morales - 6.5 Morales did not excel on the free kicks and corners like we are used to and did not connect as well with the forwards as is normally the case. Not an outstanding game from him, but not horrible either.

Ned Grabavoy - 7 Grabavoy was a bit more aggressive on offense which is good to see. Had he been one or two inches taller he may have been able to get over the ball on one particular occasion and head it in. He put in as much work as anyone on the field.

Luke Mulholland - 6 Mulholland looked like he took a step back after a few games of excellence. He did have a nice few shots and was not hesitant in that aspect, but he made a few silly mistakes that turned the ball over to FC Dallas.

Joao Plata- 7 In the 40 or so minutes that Plata was on the field he was the spark plug to RSL's offense. He made a couple of hard runs that actually caused him to come off the field because they led to a hamstring issue. Plata is clearliy RSL's MVP thus far.

Devon Sandoval - 6.5 Nothing on the highlight reel from Sandoval, but as you can reliably expect, he worked his heart out.

Substitutes

Robbie Findley - 7 It was fantastic to see Findley make his return this season and he looked pretty sharp in his 2014 debut creating chances for his teammates and connecting well in the offense overall to keep possession alive and the ball moving. He also made one or two defensive plays that made RSL fans nod in approval. He has returned at an opportune time.
Olmes Garcia - 6.5 Olmes just cannot seem to get a goal. That said, he puts in a good night's work when he is on the field. He earned RSL a couple of set piece chances and did not let his foot off the pedal.
Luis Gil - 6 Luis did not have too much time to make things happen, but he made the most of the opportunity and showed that he is capable of providing another offensive weapon. He made a couple plays that gave Salt Lake a breathing chance to score.
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