Sandy, Utah (Saturday, September 3, 2016) – Real Monarchs saw a three-game winning streak come to an end, but remained unbeaten in the last five matches with a 1-1 draw against the Tulsa Roughnecks at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night. Tulsa got out to an early lead on a 14th minute goal by Christian Mata, but a remarkable strike from Ricardo Velazco equalized the match in the 37th minute. Velazco would have a pair of near-misses in the 68th minute, hitting a left-footed shot off the upright and on the return ball from the left side pushing a header just beyond the opposite post. In stoppage time, Tulsa goalkeeper Jake Feener kept it level when he got his glove to a well-placed rocket from the boot of Amet Ramirez. With the draw, the Monarchs move to 9-11-6 on the season, tied with Seattle for 10th in the Western Conference.
Real Monarchs (9-11-6) v. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (5-17-4)
2016 USL Regular Season
September 3, 2016 – Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Three key points of the game:
· Ricardo Velazco scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 37th minute, ranking 14th in the 29-team USL.
· When the Monarchs fell behind in the 9th minute, it was the first time they had trailed in a match since losing to Seattle Sounders 2 4-1 on August 1, a streak spanning 369 minutes.
· The Monarchs had a slew of players in on loan from Real Salt Lake, including GK Lalo Fernandez, DF Boyd Okwuonu, DF Chris Schuler, DF Phanuel Kavita, MF Sunday Stephen, MF Danilo Acosta and FW Pedro Baez.
Real Monarchs 1-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 1 0 1
Tulsa Roughnecks 1 0 1
TUL: Christian Mata 9’
RM: Ricardo Velazco 37’
TUL: David Abidor (Caution; Foul) 22’
Real Monarchs: Lalo Fenandez; Boyd Okwuonu, Phanuel Kavita, Chris Schuler (Emilio Orozco 62’), Max Lachowecki (Charlie Adams 73’); Sunday Stephen (Alec Sundly 58’), Danilo Acosta; Amass Amankona (Eti Tavares 74’), Amet Ramirez, Ricardo Velazco (Elder Torres 78’); Pedro Baez.
Unused Substitutes: Eric Osswald, Tyler Arnone.
Tulsa Roughnecks: Jake Feener; Edgar Espinoza (Bryce Taylor 83’), Isaiah Schaeffer, Devin Morgan, Iarfhlaith Daveron; Gary Cennerazzo (Gus Villalobos 50’), David Abidor, Ray lee, Nfn Kaleemullah (Jasson Carpio 83’); Christian Mata, Sammy Ochoa.
Unused Substitutes: Alex Mangels, Carlos Martinez.