Real Monarchs 0 vs. 1 Earthquakes II
June 17, 2022; Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Real Monarchs (0-10-2, 2 points); Earthquakes II (5-5-2, 18 points)
Man of the Match: Midfielder Christian Nydegger provided bite and grit in the brawl with Earthquakes II. Nydegger led the team with three shots while also winning 50% of his duels. In the 79th minute, Nydegger give-and-go with Benjamin Rodriguez led to a diving header from the Utah native which flew just wide of the goal. As the team pressed for the equalizer, Nydegger provided the spark for the team, serving as one of the main points of service for a flurry of crosses in the final quarter-hour of play.
Telling Stat: Real Monarchs were given five yellow cards throughout the match, bringing their season total to 44 yellow cards, the most in the entire league. The team’s 44 yellow cards are 11 more than North Texas FC who has the second-most in the league. Midfielder Christian Nydegger leads the team with five and will miss the next match due to yellow-card accumulation, while defender Bobby Pierre received his fourth of the season.
What You Missed: In its return home to Zions Bank Stadium following a two-game road trip, Real Monarchs fell 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes II. The match saw the return of defenders Aziz Kayondo and Jaziel Orozco from international duty, as well as Tyrone Mondi, who came on as a second-half substitute for his first minutes since suffering an injury several weeks back.
What’s Next: Real Monarchs will now travel to the Midwest to take on 2023 MLS expansion side St. Louis City 2 on Saturday, June 25 at 5:00 p.m. MT. The Club will return to Zions Bank Stadium on Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. MT to take on Western Conference rival Timbers 2. Tickets are available for just $5 at rsl.com/monarchs/tickets/.