Real Monarchs 1 vs. 0 Sporting Kansas City II
July 16, 2022; Zions Bank Stadium, Herriman, Utah
Real Monarchs (2-12-2, 8 points); Sporting Kansas City II (7-7-2, 23 points)

Man of the Match: Forward Benjamin Rodriguez shined on both ends of the field, making key passes, creating a slew of chances, taking quality shots, and winning timely tackles to aid in the team’s 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City II. The Uruguayan scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time, his first professional goal, and his first in MLS NEXT Pro. McIntosh saved Rodriguez’s first shot, but the forward followed his shot and put the rebound into the back of the net.

Telling Stat: Real Monarchs’ win over Sporting Kansas City II marked the team’s second-straight victory at home, as well as the second shutout at home in as many games. During the two victories the players combined for five goals, with Homegrown goalkeeper Gavin Beavers making one save to earn his first two clean sheets of his professional career.

What You Missed: Real Monarchs battled with bitter rival Sporting Kansas City II to a 1-0 win, earning the victory after a late-game stinger from Benjamin Rodriguez in the third minute of stoppage time to steal all three points. The win marked the second-consecutive win at home, during which time the team has scored five unanswered goals at Zions Bank Stadium.

Whats Next: Real Monarchs will host the inaugural MLS Next Pro Invitational with its first game on Tuesday, July 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium against European powerhouse, Chelsea FC. The Monarchs will return to regular-season league play on Sunday, July 31 at San Jose Earthquakes II.