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Player ratings: RSL 0-0 Sporting KC

Olave led the charge in a game that did not have too many highlights.

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Nick Rimando - 6 Nick had to come up with a pretty big save early on but wasn't challenged much beyond that. For the past couple of games he has credited the defense in front of him for getting the shutouts.

Abdoulie Mansally - 6.5 Mansally had one of the better games if not the best game of the season so far. He chipped in mightily on defense and his speed came in handy on multiple occasions.

Jamison Olave - 7.5 Olave had at least three tackles that stopped what could have been Kansas City's best looks at goal. He looked fierce and dominant for that vast majority of the match. Watching him and Ike Opara battle was fun.

Elias Vasquez - 7 For his RSL debut, that was a great showing. It reminded me of Schuler's first 90 minutes at Seattle in which he thrust himself onto the scene as a legitimate defensive option. Vasquez didn't look intimidated or out of place. Quite the opposite. He looked comfortable and played very smart defense.

Tony Beltran - 6.5 Beltran did what Beltran does and used his speed and positioning to keep Kansas City from being too dangerous.

Kyle Beckerman - 6.5 Beckerman battled all night and came up big a couple of times to clear the ball when it was getting scary for RSL. He was one of the few players that was connecting passes when Salt Lake desperately needed some possession time.

Luke Mulholland - 5 Mulholland had a pretty quiet night and was not able to get into much of a flow. Frankly, nobody for Real Salt Lake got into much of a flow, but Mulholland flourishes when the offense is ticking.

Javier Morales - 6 Morales made a few nice passes in front of goal that his teammates probably could have done more with, but this was a comparatively quiet game for Morales as well considering what he did over the first four games.

Olmes Garcia - 5 Garcia did not have a very memorable game as with the rest of the players up front.

Luis Gil - 5 I don't recall Gil being able to get very involved in this match. I really don't think he fits very well up front. He really needs to be playing Morales' position and I don't know when that will happen any time soon. It truly is the biggest impediment to his career taking off.

Alvaro Saborio - 5.5 Saborio did his best to get on the end of a few balls off of set pieces but was unable to get there. He put in a lot of work on defense in this match and should be very hungry for a goal this weekend against Vancouver.

Substitutes

Jordan Allen - 6 RSL looked their best and their most under control when Allen entered. He has confidence on the ball and the ability to create a little space in a game when not much was going well for RSL possession-wise. It is getting harder and harder to not find time for Allen.

Demar Phillips - N/A Good to see Phillips back on the field, but we can't draw many conclusions in two minutes of play.

John Stertzer - N/A