clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

RSL draw 0-0 at Sporting Kansas City; Attinella stars in difficult match for away side

New, 6 comments
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Spor

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City played to a goalless draw, but it was Kansas City who might feel more aggrieved by the single point.

Jeff Attinella, in for an injured Nick Rimando, was Real Salt Lake's savior in the first half, stopping a plethora of early opportunities brilliantly. With Chris Wingert and Tony Beltran both absent as well, a much-changed defense featuring Abdoulie Mansally and Rich Balchan in their steads kept Kansas City from having too many clear-cut opportunities.

The only real dramatic point of the match came around the 84th minute, when Uri Rosell was sent off after flying into Devon Sandoval's ankle with a very poor tackle.

Jeff Attinella was first tested when Dom Dwyer - that guy who hates us, if you can remember - broke past the defense. Attinella, one-on-one after with Dwyer from a difficult angle, parried the shot and Abdoulie Mansally cleared the ensuing rebound. He was forced into a few spectacular saves as the half wore on, showing exactly why it is Real Salt Lake pulled him back from the lower divisions.

The first half saw few opportunities for Real Salt Lake, but there was some improvement in the final 10 minutes, with opportunities coming as they clicked more down the left side. Chris Schuler was a particular standout alongside Attinella.

Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando both missed out through injury after Wednesday's United States match against Mexico. Chris Wingert was kept out after being pulled off with a groin injury in the 60th minute of last week's win over Toronto FC.