HERRIMAN, Utah (Wednesday, May 25, 2022) – Real Monarchs (0-7-2, 2 points) suffered a 1-0 loss to the league-leading Houston Dynamo 2 at Zions Bank Stadium.

The Monarchs began the match as the aggressors, seeing the majority of the opportunities. In the 7th minute, forward Yekeson Subah received a pass from defender Aziz Kayondo and pushed into the box to fire a shot which skipped just wide of the goal. Minutes later, midfielder Christian Nydegger rocketed a volley from the top of the 18-yard box, forcing a save from Dynamo 2 goalkeeper Logan Erb. The Monarchs’ best chance of the half came in the 26th minute when Subah vaulted into the air to connect on a corner kick from Chris Garcia, but his header bounced just over the crossbar. Despite half chances from both sides down the final stretch of the first half, neither side was able to break through and the two sides entered the halftime break tied at 0-0.

Dynamo 2 came out of halftime looking to take control, but the Monarchs’ defense held strong thanks to some timely saves from David Ochoa. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute that Houston broke the tie with a header from Michael off a corner. While seeking the equalizer the team went down to 10 men when Bobby Pierre received his second yellow card and was ejected.

Despite being a man down, the Monarchs almost found the equalizer in stoppage time when second-half substitute Jack Imperato slipped a short through pass to Kayondo whose shot slammed off the post and out for a Houston throw in. The match ended shortly thereafter in favor of Dynamo 2.

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs will be on the road for the next two matches starting with a trip across the border to face Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, June 5th with kickoff at 6:00 p.m. MT. The Monarchs will then travel to Rocky Mountain Rival Colorado Rapids 2 on June 12th at 7:00 p.m. MT before returning home on June 17th to face San Jose Earthquakes II at 7:00 p.m. MT.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:

HOU: Michael (Juan Castilla) 72nd minute: After earning a corner kick, Castilla serviced a ball into the box, finding the head of Michael who flicked it into the back of the net.

NOTES:

-Forward Benjamin Rodriguez and defender Chris Kablan made their first starts for the Monarchs

- 9 of the 17 players available for Real Monarchs are current, or former, RSL Academy products.

- Real Monarchs’ Starting XI has an average age of 19.6 years old

Match: Real Monarchs vs Houston Dynamo 2

Date: May 25, 2022

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium

Weather: 50 and Windy

Attendance: 1,829

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

Real Monarchs 0 0 0

Houston Dynamo 2 0 1 1

HOU: Michael (Juan Castilla) 72’

Lineups:

Real Monarchs (4-3-3): David Ochoa, Bode Davis, Golden Mafwenta, Bobby Pierre, Chris Kablan (Pierre Reedy 46’), Aziz Kayondo, Jaziel Orozco, Benjamin Rodriguez (Pedro Fonseca 46’), Christian Nydegger, Chris Garcia, Yekeson Subah (Jack Imperato 53’)

Subs not used: Gavin Beavers, Abokye Bikyeombe, Luis Rivera,

Dynamo 2 (4-3-3): Logan Erb, Mujeeb Murana, Jon Maples, Micael dos Santos Silva, Ian Hoffmann, Diego Gonzalez (Jathan Juarez 90+3’), Paulo Lima (D’Alessandro Herrera 46’), Juan Lozano, Papa Ndoye (Diego Rosas 46’), Joyner Castillo (Joseph Farouz 79’), Jacob Evans (Cesar Cordova 84’)

Subs not used: Andrew Pannenberg, Reese Miller, Erick Monge, Daniel Rios,

Stats Summary: HOU / RM

Shots: 8 / 15

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 2 / 2

Corner Kicks: 2 / 6

Fouls: 8 / 14

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:

RM: Bobby Pierre (caution) 31’

RM: Golden Mafwenta (caution) 49’

RM: Aziz Kayondo (caution) 56’

HOU: Micael Silva (caution) 83’

RM: Bode Davis (caution) 87’

RM: Bobby Pierre (ejection) 89’

HOU: Juan Castilla (caution) 90’

RM: Pedro Fonseca (caution) 90+2’

HOU: D’Alessandro Herrera (caution) 90+2’

HOU: Joseph Farouz (caution) 90+2’

RM: Christ Garcia (caution) 90+8’

OFFICIALS:

Referee: Dion Coxe-Trieger

Assistant Referees: Cameron Siler, Joshua Mills

4th Official: Brad Jensen