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By RYAN TOLMICH
With his side down one with just minutes remaining, 20-year-old Luis Gil scored himself a goal.
Despite playing under threatening weather conditions, the midfielder scored a spectacular equalizing goal in the 87th minute as RSL and Mexican side Club Tijuana played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in a friendly.
After receiving a lofted pass from substitute Abdoulie Mansally, Gil touched the ball down with his right foot towards the center of the box. The young midfielder darted around his defender before finishing with a right footed volley towards the far post to earn his side the well-deserved 1-1 draw.
The game was played despite rain and lighting, with both sides generating their fair share of sparks as well. The two teams clashed early and often, with referee Robert Sibiga issuing three yellow cards in the first 20 minutes.
Gil, who previously created a chance with a free kick in the 12th minute, would have scored in the 25th if not for an acrobatic save from Xolos goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, who finished with seven saves on the night.
After the defense swept away a slew of Xolos chances in the second half, it was Gil once again who nearly opened the scoring, as the U.S. international rifled a shot off the crossbar and out of play in the 75th minute.
The visitors capitalized just two minutes later, with midfielder Eduardo Villegas notching the opening goal in the 77th minute. Stationed at the top right corner of the box, Villegas took a touch before gently curling the ball up and over RSL goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez, where it tucked into the upper-90 to give the Mexican side the late lead.
Villegas’ curler was outdone just ten minutes later, with Gil providing the equalizer with a sensational second-touch volley to tie the game at one.
Check out the highlights from RSL’s 1-1 draw with Xolos: