Real Salt Lake report card: Overall hustle, effort earns RSL a 1-1 draw at home

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6 2013 12:46 a.m. MDT

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Starters: Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Tony Beltran and Abdoulie Mansally

Substitutes: Lovel Palmer (21')

RSL's defenders kept level heads after the potentially disastrous red card shown to Abdoulie Mansally in the 17th minute. Obviously the ejection was disheartening for the group, but the defenders did well to move on.

Mansally put his team in a rough position with the hard, dangerous challenge. Kreis admitted he wishes it didn't happen, however he can only hope that Mansally will learn from the experience. Mansally took full responsibility and was obviously upset that he put his team in a tough spot.

"These guys, they're such good character guys that they don't hide from something like that," Kreis said. "You come into the locker room and the first thing (Mansally) is doing is apologizing to you and to all of his teammates. We all make mistakes and it was an honest mistake; he was just trying to make an aggressive play… credit to him for taking responsibility."

Following the foul Real Salt Lake defenders, with the new addition of Lovel Palmer, stepped up to the challenge. The back four communicated well and made smart decisions with the ball. Also, out of Dallas' 10 total attempts on goal, four were blocked by the defense.

FC Dallas' goal in the 72nd minute came after substitute Je-Vaughn Watson beat Tony Beltran on a run down the sideline with fresh legs. His cross found an open Kenny Cooper in the box, but this was one of the only second half defensive breakdowns by RSL.

Chris Schuler played in his second game since returning from injury and his presence was felt. He is trying earn back his spot in the starting 11 and his effort Saturday made strides for his campaign. Schuler consistently sent balls out of the box and made a huge slide-tackling save in the second half to keep the game tied at 1-1.

Grade: B
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