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Monterey Bay Earns Point with Wild 2-2 Finish Against Memphis 901 FC in Seaside

May 12, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Monterey Bay FC News Release

SEASIDE, California - Monterey Bay F.C. (4-3-3, 15 points) earned a point against Memphis 901 FC (3-5-0, 9 points) with a 2-2 result that featured a wild finish at Cardinale Stadium, presented by Britannia Arms. Mobi Fehr scored the opening goal of the match in the first half, and after falling down 2-1, Tristan Trager bagged a 90th minute equalizer to save the night and secure a point. 19-year-old Xavi Gnaulati made both his home and league debut for the Union as a second-half substitute in the match, four days after making his overall Club debut in midweek U.S. Open Cup play.

After absorbing some early pressure from the visitors, Monterey Bay earned its own solid spell of possession around the 8th minute. That possession resulted in a couple of rapid fire chances, however the hosts were unable to capitalize. In the 22nd minute, Trager was chopped down in the box after slicing through two defenders, but Alex Dixon's right-footed effort from the spot was saved low and to the goalkeeper's right. Monterey Bay found the breakthrough in the 35th minute of the match when Dixon played the ball ahead to Carlos Guzmán down the left sideline. Guzmán flicked the ball over his defender on the left edge of the box before firing a low pass across the face of goal. Fehr crashed into the six with a sliding effort and smashed the ball into the back of the net to give the Crisp-and-Kelp the 1-0 lead at the break.

15 minutes into the second half, Memphis 901 FC's Marlon whipped a low ball across the six yard box, but it was interrupted by Antony Siaha. With the saved ball rolling inside the endline, Siaha was forced to chase it to the corner flag before clearing it downfield. The clearance landed at the feet of Memphis' Akeem Ward, and with Siaha currently out of goal, Ward looked up and fired off a shot from distance. With the net open, the ball looked to be headed for goal, but Siaha trekked back with pace and leaped into the air to push the shot over the crossbar. However, just nine minutes later, Memphis 901 FC's Bruno Lapa finally managed to put the visitors on the board, leveling the match at 1-1. Monterey Bay earned a corner kick in the 79th minute of the match that resulted in a scramble in the box, but the final header by Trager from inside the six missed over the top of the crossbar. Monterey Bay pushed ahead again and earned a free kick in the 80th minute, but the curling effort by Fehr missed just wide of the left post. A minute later, Trager earned another free kick on the right side of the pitch, but Gnaulati's kick was cleared away by the defense. Yet another opportunity came for the Union with a ball sent into the mix in the 84th minute, but it resulted in a fruitless corner. Memphis 901 FC flew ahead on the counter in the 87th minute with a chance to take the lead against the run of play, but Kai Greene did well to track back defensively and clear it away. Memphis 901 FC took the lead a minute later on a goal from Marlon, but Monterey Bay refused to go down with a fight. In the 90th and final minute, Gnaulati drove the ball down the middle of the Memphis defense before playing a perfect ball down the right side of the box to Chase Boone. Boone whipped the ball into the box with his first touch towards a waiting Trager, who then buried it into the back of the net with a first time, right-footed shot to secure a point for Monterey Bay and bring the match to its final score of 2-2.

Up Next

Monterey Bay F.C. hits the road for an Eastern Conference bout with Loudoun United FC on Saturday, May 18. Kickoff from Segra Field is set for 4 p.m. PT. Live streaming of the match will be available on ESPN+.

Golden Memorial Man of the Match

Tonight's Golden Memorial Man of the Match is Tristan Trager following yet another great night in Crisp and Kelp, capping off his performance with a 90th minute equalizer. In addition, the number nine drew three fouls, including one penalty won, and created two chances for his teammates. He won nine duels and had another shot saved in addition to his equalizer.

Additional Notes

Tristan Trager's equalizing goal in the 90th minute was his 5th of the season.

Missing the match due to injury were Luther Archimède (knee), Simon Dawkins (knee), and Jesse Maldonado (knee).


Date: May 11, 2024

Venue: Cardinale Stadium; Seaside, California

Weather: Sunny and 61 degrees

Attendance: 3,580

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

Monterey Bay F.C. 1 1 2

Memphis 901 FC 0 2 2

MB: Mobi Fehr (Carlos Guzmán) 35'

MEM: Bruno Lapa (Marlon) 70'

MEM: Marlon (Lucas Turci) 88'

MB: Tristan Trager (Chase Boone) 90'


Monterey Bay F.C. (4-1-4-1): Antony Siaha; Carlos Guzmán, Alex Lara, Kai Greene, Morey Doner; Rafa Baca; Chase Boone, Alex Dixon (Adrian Rebollar, 63'), Mobi Fehr (Xavi Gnaulati, 81'), Chuy Enríquez (Walmer Martínez, 63'); Tristan Trager (Anthony Orendain, 90+6')

Subs not used: Carlos Herrera, Grant Robinson, Miguel Guerrero

Memphis 901 FC (4-2-3-1): Tyler Deric; Akeem Ward, Lucas Turci, Carson Vom Steeg (Abdoulaye Cissoko, 45'), Oscar Jimenez; Zach Duncan, Emerson Hyndman; Marlon, Bruno Lapa, Luiz Fernando; Dylan Borczak (Nighte Pickering, 45')

Subs not used: Aren Seeger, Samuel Careaga, Leston Paul, Alvaro Quezada, Noe Meza

Stats Summary: MB / MEM

Shots: 13 / 21

Shots on Goal: 5 / 6

Saves: 4 / 3

Corner Kicks: 5 / 4

Fouls: 12 / 16

Possession: 43.4% / 56.6%

Misconduct Summary

MEM: Abdoulaye Cissoko (caution) 82'

MEM: Marlon (caution) 89'


Referee: Kyle Johnston

Assistant Referee: Darren Bandy

Assistant Referee: Andrew Hanks

Fourth Official: Turan Ozdemir

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