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Player ratings: Red Bulls 0-0 RSL

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The defense was nothing short of top notch.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at New York Red Bulls Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Van Oekel - 8 What a debut for Van Oekel. He had three critical saves, was good with his feet, and was confident between the posts. Oh, and he got a shutout on the road. Is anyone still upset that we lost our backup keeper in the offseason?

Chris Wingert - 6.5 Wingert’s passing wasn’t as good as one would hope, but his defense was great. He was in the right spots when needed, especially covering for his teammates.

Aaron Maund - 7.5 It looked like Maund didn’t miss a beat having not played a MLS game for about six months. He had some timely tackles and committed smart, tactical fouls.

Chris Schuler - 7 Schuler played smart and put everything on the line in this one. He was fun to watch when he was able to outsmart the New York attackers just when they thought they had a goal.

Demar Phillips - 6 Phillips looked as determined as anyone to get a result on the road and was a huge part of the RSL defensive success.

Luke Mulholland - 6 Mulholland was good in possession and also made some physical plays to match New York’s intensity. But the highlight of the game was when he laughed in the face of Fredrik Gulbrandsen when he retaliated after a blatant foul.

Stephen Sunday - 3.5 Sunny gave the ball away cheaply in bad spots that directly led to some pretty clear chances for the Red Bulls and picked up an unnecessary yellow at a bad time. Overall, it just wasn’t a good showing for Sunny.

Luis Silva - 4.5 Silva did not really take full advantage of the opportunity to fill in for Rusnak. He was unnoticeable for most of the game. Silva might need another chance or two to put his stamp on a game.

Brooks Lennon - 6.5 Lennon came to play once again and was the most creative player of the game for Real Salt Lake.

Sebastian Saucedo - 6 Bofo was great in isolation as he was last game, but he should have put that earely chance in when he had it. Unfortunately, it went off the post. All in all, he showed well for himself again.

Yura Movsisyan - 4 Yura had two good if not great chances to score and left empty-handed. Part of the problem is that he sets such high expectations for himself in his interviews, but the bigger problem is that no matter his words or his paycheck, he should make those clear opportunities count.

Substitutes

Jose Hernandez - 5 Hernandez’s debut wasn’t bad at all. He came on when New York had all the momentum and did not look flustered, he just wasn’t able to get very involved.

Omar Holness - N/A

Ricardo Velazco - N/A