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Player Ratings: Attinella stars in 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City

Jeff Attinella runs to the ball in this 2013 file photo.
Jeff Attinella runs to the ball in this 2013 file photo.
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Jeff Attinella - 9 Is it just me or did it look like Attinella has been learning a trick or two from Rimando? He made more saves that Batman in Gotham. That was an impressive performance for Attinella considering he hadn't seen first team minutes for months. He gave us confidence that RSL is going to be just fine in his hands during the World Cup when Rimando will be in Brazil.

Rich Balchan - 7.5 Balchan came from what seems like nowhere and has shown really well for himself. His strong point is in recovery where he is fast and does the right thing to thwart the offense. It has been said that we are the deepest team in MLS at CB, but we might be the deepest team in the league at outside back after Saturday's game.

Nat Borchers - 8 This was Borchers' beset performance in 2014. He was all over the field sacrificing for his team and stepped in goal to make a save for Attinella when he made the decision to pressure Dwyer at the edge of the box. Borchers looked fantastic

Chris Schuler - 7.5 As is becoming custom, Schuler won aerial battles and made step-in after step-in to frustrate the Kansas attack. Looking more longitudinally, when Schuler and Borchers are paired up, the other team doesn't score more than a goal every 270 minutes this year (per @realsaltlake.) That is a trend I can get used to.

Abdoulie Mansally - 6.5 Mansally looked pretty sharp albeit a bit on the edge of getting a yellow a time or two. Mansally made me nervous that he was going to cross that line that gets you carded, but he did well not to. That said, his tackle on Collin was a thing of beauty and he gets a higher mark for it. He also put in a hard day's work.

Kyle Beckerman - 7.5 Beckerman put in another hard fought 90 minutes after putting in a full game against Mexico a mere two days prior. He distributed well and his passing and defending were sharp as is expected.

Javier Morales - 6.5 Morales seemed to uncharacteristically lose the ball up front more than usual which probably prevented RSL from having one or two more chances to score. On the other hand, he did have a few key passes. Not a bad game, but not what Morales is capable of doing.

Ned Grabavoy - 6 Grabavoy had a pretty quiet night, but fought just as hard as anyone on the field. Like Morales, he lost the ball a couple times when it could have led to a chance at a goal.

Luis Gil - 5 Gil is still looking for that consistency at home and on the road. He lost more passes than he completed in this game which is not a good stat.

Olmes Garcia - 6.5 He gave it all he had, but has not found the back of the net in months. That has got to change. The best thing Garcia did was to wear out the defense, which is to be noted.

Alvaro Saborio - 6 Sabo had a quiet night as well. In fairness the distribution to him did not really lend itself to a good chance on goal. He held up the ball well against the relentless, physical opposition which is no small task.


Luke Mulholland - 6 Mulholland did alright coming into a pretty high pressure situation. The thing that stood out to me is how quick he is with the ball. Pretty impressive. That said, he did not connect on as many passes as one would like him to.

Devon Sandoval - 6 Sandoval only played about 20 minutes, but as expected he was running all over the field to put pressure on Kansas City. With a full match I am confident that he will find a goal or two and pick up where he left off last year.