Real Salt Lake 1, New York Red Bulls 0
Paulo Jr. notched the late match-winner as Real Salt Lake posted a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday in the nightcap of the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz.
The livewire Brazilian striker was part of a mass substitution by head coach Jason Kreis midway through the second half, and combined with fellow regulars Chris Wingert and Fabian Espindola on the decisive play. Wingert's through ball found Espindola, whose cross was headed home past the otherwise flawless Jeremy Vuolo in net.
Both teams used largely experimental lineups featuring youngsters, reserves and trialists. Corey Hertzog and Victor Palsson stood out for the Red Bulls, while the RSL midfield quartet of Yordany Alvarez, Enzo Martinez, Sebastian Velasquez and Nico Muniz had moments of exquisite build-up play throughout their 65 minutes on the field.
WATCH: Full Match Highlights
RSL: Paulo Jr. 1 (Fabian Espindola 1, Chris Wingert 1) 75’
NY: Leobardo Alvarez (caution) 33’
New York Red Bulls – Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Jonathan Borrajo, Tyler Ruthven*, Leobardo Alvarez*, Connor Lade (Andrew Welker* 86’), Brandon Barklage* (Willis Forko* 81’), Ryan Maduro* (Jose Angulo* 46’), Victor Palsson, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog, Jhonny Arteaga (Giorgi Chirgadze* 71’)
Substitute Not Used: Philip Tuttle*
Real Salt Lake – Kyle Reynish (GK), Terukazu Tanaka (Tony Beltran 61’), Leone Cruz (Jamison Olave 66’), Carlos Salcedo (Chris Schuler 66’), Lance Laing (Diogo de Almeida 46’, Chris Wingert 61’), Nico Muniz (Luis Gil 66’), Yordany Alvarez (Kyle Beckerman 66’), Sebastian Velasquez, Enzo Martinez (Ned Grabavoy 66’), Emiliano Bonfigli (Paulo Jr. 66’), Cody Arnoux (Fabian Espindola 66’)
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando, Lalo Fernandez
* - Guest Player