If RSL were to receive a report card for the first 15 minutes of play during the season, they would get an A-Plus. Saturday they became only the second team in MLS history to hold all competitors to zero goals through the first 15 minutes of each match. The only other team to achieve such a feat was Houston in 2001. Their grade for the rest of the game Saturday night wasn't as good. Defensively, they were strong, keeping Vancouver to only two dangerous shots on goal all night, but offensively they were unable to find the net for the third time in as many games. Game Grade: B-.

Game Stats

Match Info

Real Salt Lake (17-11-6, 57 pts)
Vancouver Whitecaps (11-13-10, 43 pts)

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 20,507

Score: Real Salt Lake 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

Goals: None

Cards:

Yellow: Chris Wingert 36', Will Johnson 82'

Red: None

Summary:

Real Salt Lake | Vancouver Whitecaps
17 Attempts on Goal 5
3 Shots on Target 1
11 Shots off Target 4
3 Blocked Shots 0
6 Corner Kicks 2
19 Fouls 8
15 Open Play Crosses 10
1 Offsides 2
2 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
43 Duels Won 47
47% Duels Won % 52%
514 Total Pass 291
85% Passing Accuracy % 74%
62.7% Possession 37.3%

Kyle Reynish (GK)

Kyle Reynish was rarely tested Saturday. His biggest moment came in the 37th minute when he saved a well played free kick by Vancouver midfielder John Thorington who bent a slow, but on-target ball over the wall that Reynish had no trouble corralling. He had a second scare in the second half when he punched out a close cross, but other than that his defense kept his anxiety to a minimum in his first start in what seems like an entire season.

MIN 90
SHT 0
SV 1
GA 0
A 0
FC 0
FS 1

Cards: None

Grade: A

Chris Wingert (DEF)

Jason Kreis finally gave Nat Borchers a much needed pre-playoff rest and moved Chris Wingert from his usual left back position to center back, bringing Kenny Mansally on to play Chris' typical posit. Chris was carded for a slight foul in the 36th minute, but the fact that it was while Vancouver was attacking the goal gave Referee Badomero Toledo little room for anything else. Otherwise, Chris was solid and played the defensive organizer very well. 

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 0
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 1

Cards: None

Grade: A

Kenny Mansally (DEF)

Kenny Mansally played with confidence Saturday and had one of his best showings of his RSL career. Defensively, he used his speed and quickness to step in front of balls and play aggressive but solid defense until he was subbed out to make room for Will Johnson.

MIN 78
G 0
A 0
SHT 3
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 0
FS 2

Cards: None

Grade: A-

Kwame Watson-Siriboe (DEF)

With Chris Schuler's injury Tuesday night in the CCL match and Jamison Olave's prior injury, Watson-Siriboe was called on to play center back. While Kwame played a little stiff and his lack of playing time this year showed, especially as he was found out of position a couple fo times, but Vancouver's attack struggled to get out of the midfield all night and Kwame was more than adequate given the circumstances.

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 0
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 3
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B

Tony Beltran (DEF)

Tony Beltran Tony seemed to be flying all over the field Saturday night. Whether chasing down the speedy Dane Richards to take away a ball on a breakaway, skying high in the box to keep a corner from finding his mark or streaking down the right side to connect a cross into the box, Tony was there. 

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: A

Ned Grabavoy (MID)

Ned Grabavoy Ned was aggressive Saturday night. Usually Kreis has one outside midfielder playing more defensive minded and one playing more aggressively, but with Jonny Steele on the other side, this was destined to be a full octane effort no matter what, and Ned played his part well. His runs into the box were strong and well timed and with Luis Gil struggling to run the offense, Ned's presence was a bright spot.

MIN 63
G 0
A 0
SHT 0
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 0
FS 2

Cards: None

Grade: B+

Kyle Beckerman (MID)

Kyle Beckerman is RSL's man of steel this year. His fitness and endurance through this season has been nothing short of spectacular. And his quality of play has rarely faltered. Saturday's match was no exception. Even against the hapless Whitecaps, he played like the playoffs were already on.

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 0
CK 5
OF 0
FC 1
FS 1

Cards: None

Grade: A. Man of the Match.

Jonny Steele (MID)

Jonny continues to confound. His motor is top notch and his ball skills are excellent. But his decision making and positioning can be very suspect at times. One hopes his aggressiveness and passion can overcome some of his poor decisions. Saturday, it did and it nearly turned into a goal midway through the first half, when he stole a back pass inside the box but was unable to connect with Alvaro Saborio for the goal. 

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 1
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B+

Luis Gil (MID)

Luis Gil Luis has played very well as a starter the past several games in place of Ned Grabavoy and Will Johnson who had both been out either with injuries or national team duty. But he struggled Saturday night. He clearly draws confidence from having Javier Morales on the field with him, but Saturday he was playing in place of RSL's star midfielder. Marales' absence seemed to impact the young player who was more tentative and less sure of his decisions than we've seen previously. He was subbed off in place of David Viana in the 71st minute.

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 1
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B-

Fabian Espindola (FWD)

Fabian Espindola Fabian struggled the first 30 minutes to find his identity. Was it going to be the Fabian of midseason who's frustration and angst had him struggling to contribute or was it going to be the Fabian of late, who has been an assist machine while notching a couple of goals of his own? He clearly missed Javier Morales' playmaking, but eventually he was able to link up with Grabavoy, Beltran and Gil to put the ball into dangerous positions, two of which nearly turned to goal. By the second half he seemed to be back to form, streaking into the box and losing defenders off the back line. Like in the 61st minute when he connected on a header from Kyle Beckerman inside the box that sailed just over the crossbar. But some of his flippant passes and no look runs slightly outweighed the value of his god-given talents.

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 2
FS 1

Cards: None

Grade: B

Alvaro Saborio (FWD)

Fans were happy to see Sabo back on the pitch after watching a scoreless RSL struggle to find the net without him in the CCL match against Costa Rican champs CS Herrediano Tuesday night. His first shot came in the sixth minute and skipped inches wide of the right post. His breakaway shot in the 38th minute took a very good save from Vancouver keeper Brad Knighton to turn it away. 

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 7
SOG 1
CK 0
OF 1
FC 4
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B+

Sebastian Velasquez (MID, SUB, 63')

Sebastian came on for a winded Ned Grabavoy in the 63rd minute and his frenetic energy was a much needed spark, especially around the box. with several runs in and around the box that seemed to put Vancouver's defense on their heels. When Viana was subbed on in the 71st minute, the two set of fresh, quick legs seemed like they might be exactly what RSL needed to break through the Vancouver bunker. Sebastian's defense was surprisingly strong for someone who RSL fans have noted more for his offensive trickery than his defensive tenacity. His play in the 90th minute to win and keep the ball in the corner and dribble it goal ward for a shot was the highlight of the game. 

MIN 27
G 0
A 0
SHT 0
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 1

Cards: None

Grade: A

David Viana (MID, SUB, 71')

Viana's speed and skill played well off Sebastian Velasquez in the midfield. He was clearly eager to make an impact when only a few minutes after entering the game, he struck an awful 25-yarder way wide right while both Espindola and Saborio were wide open in the box and waiting for a cross. Once settled, Viana was better but never got another chance to have an offensive impact.

MIN 90
G 0
A 0
SHT 1
SOG 0
CK 0
OF 0
FC 1
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B

Will Johnson (DEF, SUB, 78')

Will came on in place of Kenny Mansally at left fullback in the 78th minute and not less than 10 minutes later earned a yellow card for a hard foul that could have been worse had he been in the game longer. 

MIN 12
G 0
A 0
SHT 0
SOG 0
CK 1
OF 0
FC 1
FS 0

Cards: None

Grade: B+