Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City Report Card

Published: Sunday, July 21 2013 12:25 a.m. MDT

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Change: With Nick Rimando on national team duty and Josh Saunders injured, Jason Kreis called on third-string keeper Jeff Attinella to step between the posts for RSL. Sporting KC's proclivity to pressure meant Attinella would not only have to be on his toes defensively, but the quality of his distribution would be critical to RSL's counterattack.

Jeff Attinella had a week to think about his second MLS start and while it didn't seem to affect his defensive play too much, his long distribution left a lot to be desired. On a night where RSL needed strong distribution out of the keeper's spot, it gave the Claret and Cobalt precious few opportunities to break off the deep ball. But back to his defense. Kansas City had too many opportunities, but Attinella was superb, turning away several shots on goal, the most impressive coming in the 48th minute off a low burner from Kansas City forward Soony Saad. Unfortunately there was little he could do in the 66th minute to stop Saad's point blank bicycle kick. And Ike Opara's 97th minute header came off a tough screen for Attinnella, not unsavable, but pretty close.

Grade: B-
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