Real Salt Lake’s Diego Luna talks about the USMNT camp

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Luna was not selected for the June 25-man camp, the last camp before the Olympic Games in Paris.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake midfielder Diego Luna (8), in MLS soccer action between Austin FC and Real Salt Lake, on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Sandy • Diego Luna appeared upset when he was subbed off in the 64th minute of last week’s draw against the Seattle Sounders.

But Luna may have been angry about more than just the replacement.

Earlier that day, Luna learned he was not on the roster for the U.S. men’s national team that left for Kansas City this month for final preparations for the Paris Olympics. His omission came as a surprise to many who follow football at the national level.

However, Luna tries to stay locked in his game.

“It’s not that deep for me,” Luna said after training on Friday. “I keep working hard, I keep doing my thing, and then things happen. You can only control what you can control. Everything else, their decisions are all based on what they think and what they believe. So it’s not really something that happens to me. All I can do is just perform and keep working.”

USMNT coach Marko Mitrović said not inviting Luna to the June camp in no way means he has a chance to make the Olympic roster.

Luna admitted after returning from USMNT camp in March that he had not performed up to his expectations and had not done so all year due to mental health issues. He also said that his relationship with Mitrović is “honest” but that there have been “ups and downs.”

“I think there’s a miscommunication in some ways,” Luna said in March. “We may not be on the same page at times, but that’s the way it is with a lot of coaches and that’s what you have to deal with in your career.”

Luna has played better in recent months. Since the beginning of April, he has played all but two games, scoring four goals and adding two assists.

“I feel good here and I feel like I’m playing well after a little slump,” Luna said. “I think I’ll just get back to it. There is no excuse for anything. I think it’s just up to me to keep having fun and playing and working hard and doing things here for RSL. And whatever happens next – which clubs, which national teams get in touch – it’s all things that come with being successful at your club, I think.”

RSL sits atop the Western Conference and is on a 13-match unbeaten streak.