RSL at Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC
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Real Salt Lake
SATURDAY, APR 5 6:30PM MDT Sporting Park

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Real Salt Lake (2-0-3, 9 points, West #2) earned a hard-fought point at Sporting Kansas City (2-1-2, 8 points, East #3) on Saturday night, getting a big performance from backup GK Jeff Attinella to tie SKC 0-0 in a MLS Cup 2013 rematch at Sporting Park.

Real Salt Lake was without three of key players on Saturday night due to injury. GK Nick Rimando (knee) and DF Tony Beltran (ankle) didn’t travel to Kansas City after picking up knocks while playing with the U.S. Men’s National Team in its 2-2 draw against Mexico on Wednesday, while DF Chris Wingert also remained in Salt Lake after sustaining a groin injury in last Saturday’s win over Toronto FC. Attinella, DF Rich Balchan and DF Abdoulie Mansally were inserted into the lineup for the injured trio, all making their first starts of the season.

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Quote Sheet

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar

Thoughts on the match:

“We knew it was going to be a tough game no matter what. This is a tough place to play. They are the reigning MLS champions, but we feel really good coming in here and playing a solid game, putting out a solid performance and coming away with one point and getting a shutout.”

On the performance by GK Jeff Attinella:

“It was fantastic. He commanded his box. We have a ton of confidence in Jeff and he has been training extremely well this year, playing extremely well. We talked earlier in the week about opportunities and taking your opportunities and running with them. Jeff did that tonight.”

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Match Stats


Club Time Player Reason Action
RSL 39' Chris Schuler Foul Yellow
KC 76' Chance Myers Foul Yellow
KC 83' Oriol Rosell Foul Red
RSL 87' Nat Borchers Foul Yellow
KC 90' + 1 Claudio Bieler Foul Yellow

Match Facts

Sporting Kansas City   Real Salt Lake
20 Attempts on Goal 5
9 Shots on Target 1
8 Shots off Target 3
3 Blocked Shots 1
7 Corner Kicks 4
14 Fouls 6
15 Open Play Crosses 7
3 Offsides 4
2 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
59 Duels Won 59
49% Duels Won % 50%
448 Total Pass 337
80% Passing Accuracy % 73%
56.9% Possession 43.1