INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Saturday, August 28, 2021) – Real Monarchs (4-11-4, 16 points) fell 2-0 to Indy Eleven at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. 

The Real Monarchs began the match on the front foot, attacking the opposing net and earning a five to four advantage over the home side. After settling the match, Indy Eleven found their footing and pushed the Monarchs back onto their heels. On the counter in the 26th minute, Nick Moon sent a low cross into the center of the box toward Manuel Arteaga for the left-footed redirect goal to give Indy Eleven the 1-0 lead. Seconds before the final whistle of the first half, Gordon Wild earned a foul in the box and Arteaga beat Blake Kelly to head into the locker room with the 2-0 lead.

The Monarchs came out of the break intent to dig into the deficit. In the 49th minute, halftime substitute Seth Powder fired a ball across the front of goal towards Malik Johnson, but his left-footed shot missed just wide. The visitors almost broke through again in the 77th minute when Milan Iloski’s corner found the head of Sam Brown, but his headed attempt bounced off the crossbar and out. The Monarchs continued to find chances at goal with a game-leading 18 shots and eight corners, but could not find the final pieces of the puzzle and the match ended 2-0 in favor of Indy Eleven.

UP NEXT: The Monarchs travel to Texas to take on San Antonio FC at Toyota Field on Wednesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:

IND: Manuel Arteaga (Nick Moon), 26th minute: Making a run with the ball down the right side of the pitch, midfielder Nick Moon drew two defenders before sending a low cross into the center of the box. Forward Manuel Arteaga fought past his defender and redirected the ball into the back of the net.

IND: Manuel Arteaga (Penalty), 45’+4’: Following a spell of possession in the box, forward Gordon Wild made a move around the defender, stuck his foot out and went to ground upon contact to win a penalty for Indy Eleven. Manuel Arteaga stepped up to the spot and buried the ball into the bottom-right corner of the net.

NOTES:

  • Making his debut appearance for the Monarchs, 15-year-old goalkeeper Blake Kelly became the youngest goalkeeper to debut in USL Championship history, the third-youngest player this season.
  • RSL Academy forward Seth Powder made his professional debut for the Monarchs as a halftime substitute for Head Coach Jamison Olave.
  • Monarchs goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton returned to the bench after missing the previous 15 matches due to injury.
  • Midfielder Brayan Gomez and forward Charlie Wehan both missed the match with injuries.

Match: Real Monarchs vs. Indy Eleven

Date: August 28, 2021

Venue: Michael A. Carroll Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana

Weather: Partly sunny and 91 degrees

Attendance: 5,999

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

Real Monarchs 0 0 0

Indy Eleven 2 0 2

IND: Manuel Arteaga (Nick Moon) 26’

IND: Manuel Arteaga (Penalty) 45’+4’

Lineups:

Real Monarchs (3-4-1-2): Blake Kelly; Kevin Saucedo, Kyle Adams, James Moberg (Ibrahim Bancé 45’); Daniel Flores, Sam Brown, Bret Halsey, Bode Davis; Malik Johnson; Milan Iloski, Aris Briggs (Seth Powder 45’)

Subs not used: Jimmy Slayton, Timi Sobowale, Frankie Martinez, Julio Benitez, Christian Nydegger

Indy Eleven (5-4-1): Jordan Farr; Patrick Seagrist (Ayoze 70’), Jared Timmer, AJ Cochran, Neveal Hackshaw, Nick Moon (Rece Buckmaster 70’); Manuel Arteaga, Jeremiah Gutjahr (Aboubacar Sissoki 75’), Gershon Koffie, Nicky Law (Peter-Lee Vassell 75’); Gordon Wild (Carl Haworth 86’)

Subs not used: Robert Edwards, Karl Ouimette

STATS SUMMARY: IND / SLC

Shots: 11 / 18

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 4 / 3

Corner Kicks: 3 / 8

Fouls: 12 / 12

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:

SLC – Daniel Flores (caution) 44’

IND – Jeremiah Gutjahr (caution) 45’

SLC – Kyle Adams (caution) 79’

IND – Manuel Arteaga (caution) 79’

IND – Ayoze (caution) 84’

SLC – Milan Iloski (caution) 90’+5’

OFFICIALS:

Referee: DeShun Beard

Assistant Referees: Tyler Wyrostek, Rachel Smith

4th Official: Seun Yinka-Kehinde