Real Monarchs 1 vs. 0 Tacoma Defiance
August 26, 2022; Zions Bank Stadium, Herriman, Utah
Real Monarchs (4-14-3, 15 points); Tacoma Defiance (13-5-4, 46 points)
Man of the Match: Defender Jaziel Orozco led the Real Monarchs in shutting out the highest goal-scoring team in MLS NEXT Pro, as the Monarchs defeated Tacoma Defiance 1-0. Not only did Orozco help the Club earn its third clean sheet of the season, but he also assisted on the match’s lone goal when his long ball connected with Tate Schmitt, who settled the pass before launching the ball into the back of the net.
Telling Stat: The Monarchs managed to accomplish something only one other team in MLS NEXT Pro has done this season -- shutout Tacoma Defiance. The Defiance holds the league’s most prolific offense, scoring 56 goals across 22 matches. The only other time the Washington side has been kept out of the net was on the road against Houston Dynamo 2 on June 26 when the Defiance also lost 1-0.
What You Missed: Real Monarchs scored in the seventh minute when RSL Homegrowns Jaziel Orozco and Tate Schmitt combined to give Schmitt his first goal in MLS NEXT Pro in his first appearance, while also giving the Monarchs a 1-0 win over the league-leading Tacoma Defiance. The win extended the Monarchs’ home unbeaten streak to six matches across all competitions. Additionally, Gavin Beavers earned his third clean sheet of the season.
What’s Next: Real Monarchs will finish its two-game homestand against Timbers 2 on Saturday, September 3 for Community Heroes Night with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. MT. The Monarchs will look to continue its unbeaten streak at home as the Club has gone unbeaten in their last six matches across all competitions on Utah soil and has won the previous three matches in league play. Tickets are available for only $5 at www.rsl.com/monarchs/tickets/.