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Real Salt Lake 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: Playoff teams not rushing to risks

Two Western Conference teams played out the string, and will head into the playoffs on a non-losing note.

By Keith Hickey

Alvaro Saborio, Brad Knighton, Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, MLS
George Frey
Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps played out the last matchday of MLS and shared the points in a scoreless draw.

With both sides already qualified for the playoffs, neither team had anything much to lose or gain. RSL controlled most of the play, but a combination of faulty finishing and a good shift from Vancouver goalie Brad Knighton combined to keep the Royals' attack at bay.

Rookie of the Year frontrunner Darren Mattocks thought he had found his eighth goal of the year and an unlikely winner for Vancouver when he nodded home an Alain Rochat free kick in the 57th minute, but his effort was called back for the narrowest of offside judgements.

The point moves RSL up to second in the West, although if Seattle avoids losing to LA on Sunday, the Sounders will reclaim that slot. It won't really matter, though, as the two teams will meet in the conference semifinals no matter what.

Vancouver will play LA in the first round of the playoffs.

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Real Salt Lake

28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
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2
Tony Beltran
Defender
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3
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17
Chris Wingert
Defender
36′
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29
K. Mansally
Defender
78′
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5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
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20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
63′
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21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
71′
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22
Jonathan Steele
Midfielder
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9
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15
A. Saborío
Striker
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
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2
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4
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6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
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40
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11
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29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
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28
Gershon Koffie
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11

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Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
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Will Johnson
Midfielder
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Paulo Jr.
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26
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Substitutes

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Joe Cannon
Goalkeeper
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Barry Robson
Midfielder
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Jun Davidson
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