EDINBURG, Texas (Saturday, June 12, 2021) – Real Monarchs (1-4-2, 5 points) fell 1-0 to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros at H-E-B Park on Saturday night thanks to a second-half goal from Rio Grande Valley FC’s Wan Kuzain.
In an evenly matched first half, both sides struggled offensively. Rio Grande Valley FC recorded just three shots, while the Monarchs tallied one, both failing to find the back of the net. The Toros started the second half on the front foot with a flurry of chances that ended with the breakthrough goal in the 60th minute by Kuzain.
As the Monarchs continued to push for the equalizer in the 81st minute, defender Timi Sobowale received a straight red for a tackle in the box, leaving the Monarchs with 10 men the rest of the way. The match ended 1-0 in favor of Rio Grande Valley FC.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs are back home to welcome El Paso Locomotive to Zions Bank Stadium on Friday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ and locally on the KSL TV app.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
RGV: Wan Kuzain, 60th minute: Wan Kuzain took the ball off of the foot of Monarchs midfielder Justin Portillo inside the box and buried a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
- With an average age of 24.7 years old, Monarchs Head Coach Jamison Olave started his oldest lineup of the 2021 campaign, the first lineup of the season to not feature at least one teenager.
Match: Real Monarchs vs. Rio Grande Valley FC
Date: June 12, 2021
Venue: H-E-B Park; Edinburg, Texas
Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees
Rio Grande Valley FC011
RGV: Wan Kuzain 60’
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Ashtone Morgan, Kyle Adams, Erik Holt, Noah Powder; Justin Portillo, Ibrahim Bancé (Timi Sobowale, 76’); Malik Johnson (Griffin Dillon, 62’), Milan Iloski, Maikel Chang (Brayan Gomez, 89’); Douglas Martinez
Subs not used: Gavin Beavers, Jaziel Orozco, Josimar Quintero, Max Mata
Rio Grande Valley FC (4-2-3-1): Tyler Deric; Adrian Vera, Erik Pimentel, Adrian Diz Pe, Louis Ramsay (Carter Manley, 45’); James Murphy (Josue Soto, 84’), Rodrigo Lopez; Christian Sorto (Baboucarr Njie, 66’), Wan Kuzain (Ronald Alexis Cerritos, 72), John Sanchez (Vicente Sanchez, 66’); Elvis Amoh
Subs not used: Colin Miller, Diego Rocha
STATS SUMMARY: SLC / RGV
Shots: 3 / 13
Shots on Goal: 0 / 5
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 0 / 0
RGV – John Sanchez (caution) 28’
RGV – Adrian Diz Pe (caution) 73’
RGV – Adrian Vera (caution) 78’
SLC – Timi Sobowale (dismissal) 81’
Referee: Matt Thompson
Assistant Referees: Art Arustamyan, Francisco Bermudez
4th Official: Edgar Garcia