HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, June 18, 2021) – Real Monarchs (1-5-2, 5 points) fell 2-1 to El Paso Locomotive in a hard-fought match at Zions Bank Stadium.
El Paso took all three points with goals from Aaron Gomez and Macauley King, while Milan Iloski netted the team’s consolation goal late in the match.
The Locomotive opened the scoring in the first minute of the match with a goal from Gomez. The Monarchs then experienced more misfortune as two players went down with injuries and had to be substituted within the first 30 minutes of the match. Adversity aside, the Monarchs defense buckled down and allowed only one shot on target throughout the remainder of the first half.
The intensity increased in the second half, but the Locomotive doubled the lead in the 70th minute with a set-piece goal off of a corner kick. The home side were the aggressors for much of the half and found a deserved goal in the first minute of added time in the form of a free kick from Iloski. Despite creating a few more chances down the stretch, the Monarchs came up empty and the match ended 2-1.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs take on the Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium for a midweek match on Wednesday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
ELP: Aaron Gomez (Bryam Rebellon), 1st minute: Locomotive midfielder Bryam Rebellon sent a lofting ball into the center of the box towards forward Aaron Gomez, who buried the header into the top right corner of the net.
ELP: Macauley King (Diego Luna), 70th minute: Following a corner kick for El Paso the ball skipped through and landed at the feet of Macauley King. King then sent a grass-burning shot inside the right post for the goal.
SLC: Milan Iloski, 90+1’ minute: Following a foul by Locomotive midfielder Richie Ryan, Milan Iloski fired a bending free kick from outside the box into the top left corner of the net.
- After officially signing with the Real Monarchs earlier this week, forward Charlie Wehan made his professional debut as a starter for Head Coach Jamison Olave in the match.
Ecuadorian midfielder Josimar Quintero made his Real Monarchs debut as a first-half substitute after Daniel Flores left the field due to injury in the 31st minute of the match.
Match: Real Monarchs vs. El Paso Locomotive
Date: June 18, 2021
Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah
Weather: Partly cloudy and 90 degrees
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ELP: Aaron Gomez (Bryam Rebellon) 1’
ELP: Macauley King (Diego Luna) 70’
SLC: Milan Iloski 90+1’
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Andrew Putna; Daniel Flores (Josimar Quintero, 31’), Kyle Adams, Jaziel Orozco, Frankie Martinez (Aris Briggs, 84’); Ibrahim Bancé, Sam Brown; Charlie Wehan (Griffin Dillon, 84’), Milan Iloski, Jeizon Ramirez (Malik Johnson, 19’); Max Mata (Brayan Gomez, 45’)
Subs not used: Fernando Delgado, Chris Garcia
El Paso Locomotive (4-4-2): Logan Ketterer; Eder Borelli, Yuma, Mechack Jerome, Macauley King; Richie Ryan, Nick Ross, Bryam Rebellon, Deigo Luna (Jose Aguinaga, 84’); Luis Solignac (Leandro Carrijo, 90+1’), Aaron Gomez (Louis Herrera, 75’)
Subs not used: Ben Beaury, Aidan Apodaca, Matt Bahner
STATS SUMMARY: SLC / ELP
Shots: 11 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 7
Offside: 0 / 2
ELP – Yuma (caution) 59’
SLC – Sam Brown (caution) 67’
ELP – Bryam Rebellon (dismissal) 79’
SLC – Ibrahim Bancé (caution) 80’
SLC – Josimar Quintero (caution) 88’
Referee: Matthew Corrigan
Assistant Referees: Cameron Siler, Karsten Gillwald
4th Official: Jordan Downs