Then in the 65th minute, Alhassan was denied by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando with a diving save to his right. And in second half stoppage time, Rimando made a fantastic point-blank double save to deny Portland a late winner.
"We're going to need a player like Nick to do that if we're going to have any chance to win the Cup," Kreis said.
Real Salt Lake's best opportunity came when Luis Gil's header off Chris Wingert's cross skipped wide of the goal in the 12th minute.
"The goals were there to be scored," Kreis said. "It was just one of those nights where they weren't taken."
Both teams will close out the regular season against Chivas USA. Real Salt Lake will host the last-place team Wednesday and Portland travels to Los Angeles on Saturday.
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