Even though it was an old Real Salt Lake staple, Andy Williams, who stole the show with his overtime heroics Wednesday in RSL's 2-1 win over Kansas City, several other players made an impact in their Real Salt Lake debut.
Rookie Chris Seitz started and picked up the victory in goal. Defender Chris Lancos replaced Eddie Pope in the 62nd minute and played the remaining 52 minutes. Duke Hashimoto came on for Mehdi Ballouchy in the 85th minute, and he helped set up the game-winning goal with a cheeky pass to Williams.
"When I first got in I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lancos. "As the game wore on I kind of played myself into the game and I felt pretty comfortable."
Seitz, who RSL drafted with the fourth overall pick in the January SuperDraft, got the nod over first-team keeper Nick Rimando who the team wanted to rest for this Saturday's game with Chivas USA.
He made five saves, including a key one in stoppage time to help Real advance to the next round of U.S. Open Cup qualification.
"He played well throughout the game," said Real coach John Ellinger about his 6-foot-3 keeper. "He came out well a couple times and made his presence known."
For Seitz, he also experienced a bit of nerves in the beginning like Lancos, but they eventually subsided."It was my first game, so I was a little nervous, but after first 20 or 25 minutes I settled in, and I had a great back line to help me settle in, and they played well tonight so it made it easy," said Seitz.