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October 14, 2011 10:35 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
Attendance:‬ 16272‎
 

Colorado Rapids 0-0 Real Salt Lake: Stalemate gives RSL the Rocky Mountain Cup

RSL took the Rocky Mountain Cup despite the Rapids' offensive dominance in a dour 0-0 draw in Colorado.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake, Rocky Mountain Cup, MLS
Doug Pensinger
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake ground out a dire 0-0 draw which handed RSL the Rocky Mountain Cup, thanks to a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in April.

The visiting RSL posted a clean sheet for the first time in five matches and avoided defeat for the first time in four. However, Real failed to register a shot on goal, with Colorado dominating.

"Desire," Tyrone Marshall said. "From minute one to minute 90, you can see it in the guys' faces that everything we did was all heart and desire. We left it on the pitch. We wanted to get result tonight, and I thought we should have come away with a victory, but with the other circumstances, that's how the game goes."

Sanna Nyassi was felled by onrushing 'keeper Nick Rimando half an hour into the match, but no penalty was awarded. Nyassi continued to provide exceptional service, especially from set pieces, but none of his teammates could finish the chances he provided.

"Look at the statistics: They dominated us in shots, corner kicks, and all the offensive categories," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "But as I said I think some of that comes down to our players being so focused in on defending right, and starting again to try to improve in one particular area and that was the challenge that was placed before them this week. They met the challenge and rose above it."

The point means Salt Lake cannot catch Seattle Sounders FC in second place in the Western Conference.

Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni suffered a mild concussion during the match.

Additional reporting by Tim Gardner


Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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27
Kosuke Kimura
Defender
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22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
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Tyrone Marshall
Defender
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
58′
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11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
 - 
11
Sanna Nyassi
Midfielder
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W. Thompson
Midfielder
83′
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20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
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25
Pablo Mastroeni
Midfielder
76′
 - 
7
Omar Cummings
Striker
68′
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Real Salt Lake

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18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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4
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3
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6
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17
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11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
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77
Andy Williams
Midfielder
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-
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
93′
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15
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9

Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
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-
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20
Jamie Smith
Midfielder
76′
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
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16
Ross LaBauex
Midfielder
 - 
18
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-
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Substitutes

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28
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
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28
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31
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A. Álvarez
Midfielder
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23
Paulo Jr.
Striker
 - 
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Jean Alexandre
Midfielder
93′
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • 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
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1