RSL score early, lose lead in 2-2 draw with NYRB in Desert Diamond Cup

Christian Petersen

Joao Plata and Cole Grossman scored for Real Salt Lake in the first Desert Diamond Cup match against New York Red Bulls, while Jamison Olave scored against his old side in a 2-2 draw.

Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls played to a 2-2 draw in a back-and-forth match featuring the first Real Salt Lake goals for Joao Plata and Cole Grossman.

Plata got the affair off to a bright start with a goal well within the first minute, scoring at the far post on a fantastic breakaway started by rookie midfielder John Stertzer almost immediately after the kickoff.

David Viana created the second only minutes later with a fine pass freeing Plata on the right side of the New York Red Bulls box, whose shot rebounded either off the post or the goalkeeper, with Cole Grossman capitalizing well on an opportune ball to put Real Salt Lake at 2-0.

Real Salt Lake conceded late in the first half from a corner, with former Real Salt Lake defender Jamison Olave scoring at the near post around the 30th minute. A second goal was conceded in the 61st minute, when Michael Bustamante capitalized on

Immediately after the second conceded goal, RSL saw wholesale changes, with a more first-choice lineup taking shape. Chances weren't rampant, but Robbie Findley saw a few good opportunities in his first preseason match of 2013.

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