TUCSON, Ariz. — 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 Brazilian striker was part of a mass substitution by head coach Jason Kreis midway through the second half. He 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 goalkeeper 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.