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RSL, Red Bulls draw after late Kreilach goal, VAR controversy

Refereeing may be the major talking point, but a much-improved RSL output should dominate.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake managed a controversial draw to start their 2020 home stand, finishing 1-1 with New York Red Bulls on the back of a Damir Kreilach header.

It took just 13 minutes for New York to advance the score line in their favor, with Casseres beating RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath at his near post with an optimistic shot from well outside the box.

The first half continued apace, with Salt Lake struggling to convert the myriad opportunities carved out, largely from set pieces. One particular instance saw Damir Kreilach with a shot cleared off the line, and the ensuing chance snuffed out from close range.

And again, an opportunity close but not converted will prove haunting, with Corey Baird recycling a corner to nearly good effect.

RSL appeared to have scored in the 69th minute, when Douglas Martinez headed the ball into goal from a Baird cross, but the goal was called back after a delayed video review.

Damir Kreilach scored a late equalizer, notching his first of the season with a header from close range, finishing an Aaron Herrera cross in nearly the same far-post spot as Martinez’s disallowed goal.

It was, all told, a disappointment for the side that controlled much of the game and held the lion’s share of chances.