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Diego Luna Scores Second Half Equalizer In Transition For Real Salt Lake

Oct 29, 2023, 5:31 PM

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Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna controls the ball at America First Field during the 0-0 draw against NYCFC on June 10, 2023. (Photo by Laura Dearden/Real Salt Lake)

(Photo by Laura Dearden/Real Salt Lake)

SANDY, Utah – Taking advantage of a Houston turnover, Anderson Julio found Diego Luna for a game-tying, 54th-minute goal.

No. 5 Real Salt Lake is in Houston for the first leg a playoff matchup against the No. 4 Houston Dynamo.

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With Real desperate for any semblance of offense, Julio took a pass in open space and after dribbling toward the box, sending a centering pass to Luna. Luna collected the pass, gathered, and then fired a right-footed shot past a diving keeper, tying the game 1-1.

It was Luna’s sixth goal of the year and Julio’s first assist.

Round One – RSL vs. Houston

The four-seed versus five-seed matchup is supposed to be one of the most even series in the first round.

Real Salt Lake got a tough draw for the first round with the Houston Dynamo.

In three games played against the Dynamo this year, RSL is winless with one draw and two losses.

Real and Houston most recently played back-to-back games in August. One in MLS play and the other in the U.S. Open Cup. Houston outscored RSL 6-1 in these matches.

RELATED: Real Salt Lake Drops To Houston Dynamo In Return To MLS Play

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These teams will face each other in the second leg of the first round when Houston travels to Sandy, Utah on Monday, November 6 to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT).

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Diego Luna Scores Second Half Equalizer In Transition For Real Salt Lake