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October 19, 2013 10:30 PM EDT
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Portland Timbers 0-0 Real Salt Lake: Shield dreams dimmed in scoreless affair

The top two teams in the Western Conference canceled each other out, perhaps sending the Supporters' Shield to the East.

By Keith Hickey

Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake (Getty)
Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake (Getty)
The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake shared the spoils as their top of the table clash ended in a scoreless draw at Jeld-Wen Field.

Royals goalkeeper Nick Rimando came up big on multiple occasions for his team, denying Kalif Alhassan in the 65th minute with a composed reflex stop before topping that in stoppage time. He made the initial punch to deny Will Johnson's free kick and then parried Sal Zizzo's headed follow up from close range.

The failure by either side to score a goal means that neither can win the MLS Supporters' Shield on its own merits. Portland (13-5-15) is first in the West with 54 points and RSL (15-10-8) is one place and point behind, but both trail overall leader Sporting Kansas City on 55, and New York could still overtake all of them with a win over Houston on Sunday.

Portland is already qualified for the playoffs and will lock up top seed in the West with a win over last-place Chivas USA next week, and Real faces the same opposition on Wednesday, needing just a point to formalize its postseason attendance.


Portland Timbers

1
Donovan Ricketts
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
44
Pa-Modou Kah
Defender
 - 
98
Mamadou Danso
Defender
 - 
4
Will Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
8
Diego Valeri
Midfielder
63′
 - 
11
Kalif Alhassan
Midfielder
88′
 - 
13
Jack Jewsbury
Defender
 - 
21
 - 
6
 - 
20
A. Valencia
Striker
68′
 - 

Real Salt Lake

 - 
18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
17
 - 
28
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 
10

Substitutes

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Milos Kocic
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
11
 - 
14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
9
 - 
22
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
24
Jeff Attinella
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
16
 - 
12
 - 
9
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
72′
 - 
49

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1