Santa Clara, Calif. • He's viewed as the eventual replacement, and on Saturday night, Luis Gil got another shot to show how he does atop the Real Salt Lake midfield attack. The highly touted 20-year-old started in place of RSL star Javier Morales against the San Jose Earthquakes due to a back injury Morales picked up in the season-opening 1-0 win at L.A. on March 8.
Gil, who has stamped his current starting spot on the outside in RSL's midfield, has notched several starts in the Morales attacking role. Now in his fifth year with the club, Gil has started 30 matches atop the diamond across all competitions. He started there 10 times in 2013, 11 times in 2012 and nine times in 2011.
With Morales out against San Jose and Gil moved around the midfield, rookie Luke Mulholland made his first career start in Major League Soccer. Mulholland came on as a sub in the 1-0 win at L.A. last week and scored a goal in the 75th minute, but it was whistled offside. However, in stoppage time Saturday night, the rookie made sure that wouldn't happen. He ran onto a save by San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and buried it to give RSL a 3-1 halftime lead.