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Sandy • The Real Monarchs took to the field for the season opener on Saturday with a mind to get off to a good start and get some Real Salt Lake players some action during a week off for RSL.

A 1-0 win over Saint Louis FC, when Maikon Orellana found the net in injury time of the second half, brought to fruition one of the goals. And a half-dozen players for the parent club got plenty of playing time too.

But the game also brought a major scare when Omar Holness, one of the Real Salt Lake roster members, collapsed in the first half with what the club characterized as an "apparent seizure." After the game, a Monarchs' spokesman said Holness was alert and responsive to medical treatment.

Holness was taken off the field by ambulance after a 30-minute delay. He was one of six RSL players along with keeper Jeff Attinella, John Stertzer, Luke Mulholland, Justen Glad and Devon Sandoval to wear Monarchs' uniforms on Saturday night.

"Hopefully, next week when we go to KC, the guys will be in rhythm," said Juarez of RSL's next game, which is at Sporting Kansas City. "Football's all about rhythm. You're in good rhythm, you're in good shape, then you can contribute to the team.

"If one of these guys who played for us tonight is asked to play, then he's going to be able to contribute," he added.

The only goal of the game came when the clock had already reached the 90-minute mark. A header from Sandoval went to Orellana, who blasted in the shot from point-blank range for the winner.

"That shot's either going to go in the bleachers or into the net, the pace he hit it," Juarez said. —


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