Real Monarchs SLC Starts Three-Game Road Stretch Tuesday at Tacoma Defiance
HERRIMAN, Utah - Real Monarchs SLC (11-9-7, 40 points, 6 West) is set to play its first of three games away from home as it heads to face Tacoma Defiance on Tuesday, September 17 at Cheney Park. The midweek match is scheduled for an evening 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff and can be seen live on ESPN+.
Real Monarchs starts its road trip hot off the heels of a thrilling 5-1 victory over Portland Timbers 2 at Zions Bank Stadium. FW Douglas Martínez set the club record with a club-high four goals in a single match as he put away a first-half brace in the 22nd and 38th minute before doubling the scoring in the second half in the 66th and 83rd minute. FW Kyle Coffee finalized the win over T2 with his third professional goal after burying a shot at the near post. While Portland was able to pull back an equalizer after the first goal from Martínez, it wasn't enough to stop Real Monarchs from securing the three points at home.
Saturday's win over Portland moved Real Monarchs up to 6th in the Western Conference as it looks to end its fifth campaign in the USL Championship with its third playoff appearance. The Monarchs turns its head towards Tacoma where it will face Tacoma Defiance in search of a crucial road win. The last time the two sides met was in mid-July where Martínez found the first hattrick in club history in a 5-0 rout. Tacoma Defiance sits last in the Western Conference, searching for every point left to get above the playoff line.
How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC vs Tacoma Defiance - Tues., September 17, 2019
- Coverage Begins: 8:00 p.m. MT
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- Digital Streaming: ESPN+
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- Social Media: @RealMonarchs & #TACvSLC on Twitter
Moving into the second half of the 2019, Real Monarchs SLC has seen 16 unique players tally a goal in a Monarchs jersey. The attacking front is led by Honduran International FW Douglas Martinez, who has recorded 15 goals and 6 assists across 20 appearances as well as earning the club's first hat-trick in the dominant 5-0 victory over Tacoma Defiance on July 12. Meanwhile, MF Maikel Chang and Team Captain Jack Blake continues to provide a meaningful presence in the midfield providing a combined 17 goals and 4 assists as of September 11.
In front goal, USL Veteran DF Noah Powder has made himself a mainstay on the backline with 23 starts and appearance so far this season. Paired with fellow defenders, Kalen Ryden, Jordan Pena, and Konrad Plewa, the Monarchs backline has begun to solidify and limiting the opposing attack to help in pushing Real Monarchs to its third consecutive playoff appearance in as many years.
In goal, U-20 USMNT star GK David Ochoa leads the Monarchs with three clean sheets and 46 saves in 13 appearances. Ochoa returned to Utah after featuring in two matches of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he tallied one shutout and was named to the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game roster. GK Andrew Putna has also made appearances in goal for the Monarchs this season, tallying three clean sheets and 24 saves in ten appearances for the club.
Real Monarchs SLC season tickets, single-game tickets, and family packs are on sale and can be purchased by going to RealMonarchs.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.
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