HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, October 8, 2021) – Real Monarchs (4-18-6, 18 points) played to a 0-0 draw against Mountain Division opponent Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Zions Bank Stadium.
RSL Academy forward Axel Kei became the youngest-ever to make a professional appearance in American team sports history, subsequently breaking the USL Championship record at 13 years, 9 months and 9 days.
The first half was tightly-contested without many chances for either side. In the 37th minute, the Monarchs saw a chance on a set-piece free kick from Justin Portillo that found the head of Kyle Adams on the left side of the six-yard box, but Adams’ headed fell neatly to the goalkeeper and the sides remained scoreless. Just before the break, Andrew Brody looped a dangerous ball into the box, but Charlie Wehan’s flicked-on header missed to the right and the half ended 0-0.
The Monarchs first chance of the second half came in the 56th minute. Second-half substitute Leo Torres danced through three defenders before firing a left-footed shot, but it missed wide of the right post. In the 85th minute, Milan Iloski dribbled past a defender on the left side of the box and sent a grass-burning ball across the face of goal towards Kei, but a Switchbacks FC defender recovered just in time to knock it away, denying the home side’s final chance and ending the match with a scoreless draw.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs stay home for the second of four-consecutive matches at Zions Bank Stadium, facing Austin Bold FC for an afternoon matchup on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ and the KSL TV app.
- Head Coach Jamison Olave missed the match tonight due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols and was replaced on the bench by Assistant Coach Cody Warden.
- Seven Real Salt Lake first-teamers joined the starting lineup for the Monarchs in the match, including Zac MacMath, Ashtone Morgan, Andrew Brody, Bode Davis, Justin Portillo, Milan Iloski and making his first-ever Monarchs appearance, Bobby Wood.
Match: Real Monarchs vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Date: October 8, 2021
Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Weather: Rain and 48 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 0 0 0
Switchbacks FC 0 0 0
Real Monarchs (5-3-2): Zac MacMath; Andrew Brody, Ashtone Morgan, Jaziel Orozco, Kyle Adams, Bode Davis (Malik Johnson, 75’); Christian Nydegger (Bret Halsey, 61’), Justin Portillo, Milan Iloski; Charlie Wehan (Leo Torres, 45’), Bobby Wood (Axel Kei, 61’)
Subs not used: Jimmy Slayton, Kevin Saucedo, Sam Brown
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (3-5-2): Sean Melvin; Tristan Hodge, Jimmy Okford, Matthew Mahoney; Dantouma Toure (Deshane Beckford, 61’), Andre Lewis (Steven Echeverria, 67’), Beverly Makangila, Jose Torres (Darren Yapi, 84’), Sebastian Anderson; Michael Edwards, Hadji Barry
Subs not used: Abraham Rodriguez, Rony Argueta, Matthew Hundley, Jordan Burt
STATS SUMMARY: SLC / COS
Shots: 9 / 12
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 10
SLC – Jaziel Orozco (caution) 1’
SLC – Leo Torres (caution) 73’
SLC – Ashtone Morgan (caution) 90’
Referee: Matt Thompson
Assistant Referees: Cameron Siler, Jacob Herold
4th Official: Robbie Kosinski