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Real Salt Lake report card: Defenders steal the show — all other positions contribute

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 5:05 p.m. MDT

RSL's Tony Beltran battles with Cesar Elizondo for the ball as Real Salt Lake and the Carolina RailHawks play in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL beat Carolina 3-0. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) RSL's Tony Beltran battles with Cesar Elizondo for the ball as Real Salt Lake and the Carolina RailHawks play in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. RSL beat Carolina 3-0. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SANDY — Real Salt Lake's defenders stole the show Wednesday night, which hasn't happened for a long time. RSL's defense is known as stealthy and tough to breakdown, though it’s not often considered flashy.

Outside backs Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert definitely shook things up by each scoring as Real Salt Lake defeated the Carolina RailHawks 3-0 Wednesday night.

Although the defenders made a bold claim for the best position group of the night, the forwards, midfield and keeper Josh Saunders all contributed as RSL advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

Here's a closer look at each position group and its grade for the night:

Whitney O'Bannon is a new media sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow on Twitter at @whitney_oban.

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