EL PASO, Texas (Wednesday, September 29, 2021) – Real Monarchs (4-17-5, 17 points) fell 1-0 to Mountain Division foe El Paso Locomotive at Southwest University Park, officially eliminating them from USL Championship playoff contention.
El Paso jumped out on the front foot early in the match. In the 18th minute, midfielder Bryam Rebellon sent a cross into the box towards an unmarked Andrew Fox, but his header ricocheted off the crossbar to deny the home side the opener. Locomotive forward Leandro Carrijo fired a headed ball on frame in the 37th minute, but his shot was saved by Jimmy Slayton and the sides went into the break scoreless.
The Monarchs found its first clear-cut chance of the match in the 58th minute, but Haroun Conteh’s shot was pushed up and over the top for a corner. Locomotive FC were gifted the breakthrough goalin the 68th minute when Eder Borelli’s cross into the box deflected off of Ibrahim Bancé and into the back of the net to give El Paso the 1-0 lead. The Monarchs staged one final attack in the fourth minute of added time, but Leo Torres’ low cross into the box was cleared away by the Locomotive defense and the match ended 1-0 in favor of El Paso.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs remain in Texas to take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros at H-E-B Park on Saturday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
ELP: Ibrahim Bancé (Own Goal) 68th minute: Following a combination play by El Paso, Andrew Fox gathered the ball in the box before laying it off to Eder Borelli making a run on the left side. Borelli fired a low-crossing ball into the center of the box that took a wicked deflection off of Monarchs midfielder Ibrahim Bancé that redirected it into the back of the net for the own goal.
- Forward Malik Johnson missed tonight’s match due to suspension after receiving two yellow cards in Sunday's match against New York Red Bulls II.
- 17-year-old midfielder Leo Torres joined the Monarchs on loan from San Antonio FC this week and came on as a second-half substitute for Head Coach Jamison Olave in his first match with the Club.
- Missing the match due to injury were goalkeeper Gavin Beavers, midfielder Brayan Gomez and defender James Moberg.
Match: Real Monarchs vs. El Paso Locomotive FC
Date: September 29, 2021
Venue: Southwest University Park; El Paso, Texas
Weather: Mostly clear and 81 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 0 0 0
El Paso Locomotive FC 0 1 1
ELP: Ibrahim Bancé (Own Goal) 68’
Real Monarchs (5-3-2): Jimmy Slayton; Haroun Conteh (Leo Torres, 80’), Kevin Saucedo (Timi Sobowale, 45’), Kyle Adams, Jaziel Orozco, Bode Davis; Ibrahim Bancé (Seth Powder, 81’), Sam Brown, Bret Halsey; Aris Briggs (Yekeson Subah, 80’), Josimar Quintero (Christian Nydegger, 80’)
Subs not used: Jeff Dewsnup, Charlie Wehan
El Paso Locomotive FC (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Eder Borelli, Andrew Fox, Mechack Jerome, Macauley King (Sebastian Velasquez, 45’); Jose Aguinaga (Cole Turner, 62’), Bryam Rebellon (Matt Bahner, 88’), Nick Ross, Diego Luna; Leandro Carrijo (Luis Solignac, 62’), Aaron Gomez (Ricardo Zacarias, 90’+3’)
Subs not used: Benjamin Beaury, Louis Herrera
STATS SUMMARY: ELP / SLC
Shots: 14 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 15
SLC: Kevin Saucedo (caution) 40’
SLC: Bode Davis (caution) 59’
ELP: Sebastian Velasquez (caution) 76’
SLC: Cody Worden, Assistant Coach (caution) 83’
ELP: Aaron Gomez (caution) 90’+3’
Referee: Elton Garcia
Assistant Referees: Seth Martin, Chris Canales
4th Official: Dreaux Plair