TACOMA, Washington (Wednesday, June 23, 2021) – Real Monarchs (1-5-3, 6 points) earned a point on the road with a 1-1 result against Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium.

Forward Malik Johnson scored his first goal for the Real Monarchs to aid in the team’s 1-1 draw.

The Monarchs began the match on the front foot, as evidenced by the breakthrough goal in the 8th minute. Johnson fired the ball past the keeper from outside the box to give the Monarchs the lead. As the match settled, the Monarchs' defense held strong and took the lead into the halftime break.

Goalkeeper Andrew Putna made several saves throughout the second half to keep the Monarchs in front, but the Defiance kept the pressure on and eventually found the equalizer in the first minute of added time. Despite late chances for both sides, the match ended 1-1.

UP NEXT: Returning to Zions Bank Stadium, the Real Monarchs take on San Antonio FC for its third match in eight days on Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ and locally on the KSL TV app.


SLC: Malik Johnson, 8th minute: After stealing possession in the Monarchs’ half of the pitch, forward Malik Johnson turned upfield and blasted a right-footed shot from deep outside the box. The strongly-hit ball lasered past the keeper and into the top-center of the net.

TAC: Samuel Adeniran (Taylor Mueller), 90+1’: Following a pass from defender Taylor Mueller, forward Samuel Adeniran curled the left-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom left corner of the goal.


Real Monarchs midfielder Julio Benitez made his professional debut in Head Coach Jamison Olave’s starting lineup in tonight’s match, making the 15-year-old the youngest debutant in club history and the fifth-youngest in the history of the USL Championship.

Monarchs defender Haroun Conteh made his professional debut as a starter in the center of the backline in tonight’s match against Tacoma.

Between Jaziel Orozco and Haroun Conteh, Head Coach Jamison Olave started a centerback pairing with an average age of just 16.5 years old.

Match: Real Monarchs vs. Tacoma Defiance

Date: June 23, 2021

Venue: Cheney Stadium; Tacoma, Washington

Attendance: 857

Weather: Sunny and 77 degrees

Scoring Summary:1 2 F

Real Monarchs 1 01

Tacoma Defiance 0 1 1

SLC: Malik Johnson, 8’

TAC: Samuel Adeniran (Taylor Mueller) 90+1’


Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1):

Andrew Putna; Noah Powder, Haroun Conteh (Kyle Adams, 45’), Jaziel Orozco (Josimar Quintero, 88’), Timi Sobowale; Ibrahim Bancé, Julio Benitez (Sam Brown, 62’); Malik Johnson, Milan Iloski, Charlie Wehan (Max Mata, 84’); Douglas MartínezSubs not used: Gavin Beavers, Frankie Martínez, Christian Nydegger

Tacoma Defiance (4-2-3-1):

Christian Herrera; Issa Rayyan (Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, 81’), Taylor Mueller, Eric Kinzner, Tom Brewitt; Sota Kitahara (Jose Carlos Anguiano, 58’), Randy Mendoza; Juan Alvarez (Samuel Adeniran, 65’), Obed Vaargas (Daniel Robles, 81’), Ray Serrano; Alex Diaz (Marlon Vargas, 65’)Subs not used: Conrad Lee, Azriel Gonzales


Shots: 13 / 8

Shots on Goal: 6 / 3

Saves: 2 / 5

Corner Kicks: 7 / 2

Fouls: 14 / 14

Offside: 2 / 1


SLC – Noah Powder (caution) 18’

SLC – Haroun Conteh (caution) 34’

TAC – Eric Kinzner (caution) 45+1’

SLC – Jamison Olave, Head Coach (caution) 47’

TAC – Obed Vaargas (caution) 49’

SLC – Milan Iloski (caution) 54’

TAC – Jose Carlos Anguiano (caution) 64’

TAC – Taylor Mueller (caution) 72’

TAC – Randy Mendoza (caution) 83’


Referee: Ricardo Fierro

Assistant Referees: Seth Martin, Jeremy Davis

4th Official: Luis Trujillo