It wasn't the epic re-match that everyone was expecting but there was no shortage of drama on the night as Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake battled to a scoreless draw.
Sporting KC earned a point and their record moved to 2-1-2 with the result.
The scoreless draw was not for lack of chances. Real Salt Lake had a great chance in the second minute when Olmes Garcia fired a shot outside the box that was just a bit too high. It set the tone for the evening in which the teams would combine for 25 shots.
Sporting KC would get their first real chance in the 21st minute when a Graham Zusi cross following a corner found the head of Matt Besler. Unfortunately, the connection was just off and the header flew out of bounds, ending the threat.
Benny Feilhaber continued his torrid pace of 2014 when the opportunity for a shot rose in the 34th minute. A corner was deflected out of the box and his ensuing cracker of a shot had to be saved to keep the game scoreless. There was a similar set of events three minutes later, except that Feilhaber's shot missed to the right in that instance.
Sporting would get one more chance before the half. In the 42nd minute, Paulo Nagamura shuffled the ball around the edge of the box before sending in a curler towards the far post. The shot, however, was too weak and it curled right into the arms of Real Salt Lake keeper Jeff Atinella.
Atinella would make several saves like that, and ones more impressive, throughout the game as he was a driving factor in keeping the scoreline equal.
The attack from Sporting Kansas City would continue in the second half. Their best chance of the gamw came in the 52nd minute when a ball fell to Graham Zusi follow a corner kick and his left footed shot far post went agonizingly wide, missing the goal by about a yard.
The style of play would continue until there was about ten minutes left in the match, when Sporting KC had to change to a bunker-style of play after losing Uri Rosell. Rosell went in on a challenge on Sandoval late, forcing Beckerman to fall. The referee gave Rosell a straight red card for the incident and Sporting were knocked down to ten men. It was the first red card for Sporting KC since July of 2013.
Sporting KC would lose the teeth of their attack and would spend the last ten minutes of the game trying to keep the score level. They succeeded and the match ended with a 0-0 draw.
Sporting now has a bye next weekend, giving them two weeks to prepare for their match against the Montreal Impact on April 19th. Real Salt Lake will be the away side again next weekend, this time traveling to face the Philadelphia Union.