Real Monarchs 1 vs. New Mexico United 2
September 18, 2021; Isotopes Park
Real Monarchs (4-16-4, 16 points); New Mexico United (8-8-7, 31 points)
Man of the Match: Despite the loss, goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup came up big on several occasions to keep the Monarchs within striking distance of New Mexico United. The young goalkeeper made a career-high seven saves, including a penalty-kick save in the second half after Devon Sandoval stepped up to the spot. In addition, Dewsnup recorded a clearance and an interception.
Telling Stat: New Mexico United pressed the Monarchs defense heavily throughout the match, earning 60.6% of possession on the night. The possession advantage for the home side turned into 26 total shots, more than tripling the Monarchs total of seven. With New Mexico directing nine of those shots on target, goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup did well to deny seven of them. The Monarchs scored with its only shot on target in the match.
What You Missed: Monarchs forward Charlie Wehan and his older brother, New Mexico United midfielder Chris Wehan, faced off against one another in tonight’s match, with each brother scoring for their respective sides in the first-ever meeting between the two. In addition, midfielder and team captain Sam Brown returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two matches against Hartford Athletic and San Antonio FC due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Gavin Beavers and forward Aris Briggs remained sidelined.
What’s Next: The result brings the Monarchs record against New Mexico United to 1-2-0 this season and 2-7-0 all-time. Now heading back home to face its final Eastern Conference opponent of the season, Real Monarchs welcome New York Red Bulls II to Zions Bank Stadium on Sunday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. MT for the first-ever meeting between the clubs.