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Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake

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Somehow the Whitecaps managed to wrangle themselves three points and a clean sheet on Wednesday. Who was responsible? How did it happen? This installment of the Report Card tells all (or at least some).

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Masato Kudo: B+

After a freak injury kept him out for weeks and with calls for a big signing to replace Octavio Rivero ringing around the city, Masato Kudo has more or less fallen off fans' radar. But the seventy-minute shift he put in last night was enough to remind us all that this team still has quality up front. Dynamic runs, intelligent play, chance-creation and tenacious running were all on display from the Japanese striker. A touch more quality on his shot in the 70th minute would've capped off a fantastic return to the starting XI, but Jeff Attinella came up big.

David Ousted: A

Finally, a clean sheet! It's been a long time coming for the Great Dane, who has moved heaven and high earth in hopes of keeping the ball out of the back of the net week after week, only for the team in front of him to let him down again and again. A big save in the first half followed by key catches and his usual impassioned yelling all contributed to a solid (apart from the last five minutes) defensive performance.

Jordan Smith: C+

Most of the time, Smith looks like someone Carl Robinson picked out of the crowd to fill in at right back, but today he showed glimpses of professionalism. The usual silly errors and head-scratching decisions were all there, but flashes of quality bubbled through from time to time too. That being said, Fraser Aird needs to be inserted back into the XI as soon as possible.

Thoughts? Comments? Grades of your own? Leave them all in the comments below.