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Player Ratings for RSL against the Portland Timbers

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In the first game of 2015, Real Salt Lake was in possibly the most intense environment in MLS and met the intensity needed to earn a point. Oh, and Rimando reminded us why he his the best keeper in MLS in case we had forgotten.

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Nick Rimando - 8 There was not much more that Rimando could have done to help keep the clean sheet for Salt Lake. He made a couple saves that required lightning-quick reflexes and left the Portland announcers asking how the ball did not find the back of the net.

Abdoulie Mansally - 5 Mansally had a few errors that could have cost Real Salt Lake the road result. A bad giveaway or two, a slip up, and leaving a guy unmarked are what you remember more than the rest of what he did which was not as bad of a game as the mistakes made it seem.

Jamison Olave -8 Olave looked very sharp considering this was the first match of the season. We all now remember what makes Olave special as he made some incredible recovery saves.

Chris Schuler -8 Schuler looked as crisp as ever and made a couple of goal line saves that saved us all from a massive let down at the end of the game. His positioning was impeccable for the most part. The pairing of Schuler and Olave is going to be fun to watch this year.

Tony Beltran - 7.5 Beltran was part of a stellar defensive effort in a hostile environment that earned a road point which is always valuable. Not only did he defend well, he kept the ball well when it was his turn.

Kyle Beckerman - 7 Beckerman matched the intensity of the game at every turn and did not back down when the Timbers tried to fluster him and the rest of RSL. His leadership on the field was and will continue to be invaluable to this club.

Luis Gil - 5.5 While Gil had a hard time being that creative play-maker we are hoping to see much more of this season he made up for it with his defensive effort. He was not the only one that was lacking in offensive prowess.

Javier Morales - 6 Morales was unable to connect with his teammates on set pieces but he made a nearly impossible pass at one point that very well could have led to a goal. He will look much different at home.

Olmes Garcia - 5 Garcia did not capitalize on a couple of good looks that he had and it seemed like the Timbers got in his head a little bit with some of the silly fouls and mouthing off he did.

Sebastian Jaime - 5 Frankly, I do not remember much of anything from Jaime. Let's hope he can get his 2015 kicked off in style at home in the next match.

Alvaro Saborio - 6 Saborio had a shank for the ages, but was really the only forward that looked threatening.

Substitutes

Luke Mulholland - 7 For a guy that will likely be coming off of the bench a lot this season, he seems to have embraced his role with professionalism if one game is any indication. His presence on the field brought a flow to the game that was lacking for the first 6o minutes or so.

Devon Sandoval - 6.5 He did not play many minutes, but looked tenacious while he was on. His defense helped earn the point as much as the next guy's defense.

Jordan Allen - 5.5 You have to be happy for a guy that saw first team minutes after an injury that kept him out for about a year. He looked calm and confident in a crazy atmosphere and a chaotic game.