COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Sunday, July 4, 2021) – Real Monarchs (2-6-4, 10 points) fell 3-1 to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field on Sunday night. Aris Briggs scored his second goal of the season, but it was not enough to overcome three first-half goals from Switchbacks FC.

Colorado Springs jumped on top early with a goal by Deshane Beckford in the 16th minute followed by a goal from league-leader Hadji Barry in the 22nd. The Monarchs responded by cutting the lead in half with a Briggs’ goal in the 28th minute, but Switchbacks FC scored its third goal of the half just four minutes later on a header by Michael Edward.

The Monarchs pushed to get back into the game in the second half. In the 87th minute,Douglas Martínez was fouled in the box and was awarded a penalty, but Noah Powder’s shot was saved and the match ended 3-1.

UP NEXT:The Real Monarchs return home to host El Paso Locomotive FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Friday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on ESPN+ and locally on the KSL TV app.


COS: Deshane Beckford (Michee Ngalina), 16th minute: From the right side of the field, midfielder Michee Ngalina fired a low-crossing ball into the center of the 18-yard box. Midfielder Deshane Beckford stuck his right foot out and redirected the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

COS: Hadji Barry (Deshane Beckford), 22nd minute:From the left side of the field, Deshane Beckford pushed a low-crossing ball into the center of the box. Forward Hadji Barry got past the defense, and buried the right-footed shot into the back of the net.

SLC: Aris Briggs (Douglas Martínez), 28th minute:Forward Douglas Martínez made a run down the right side of the pitch before sending a low cross to a wide-open Aris Briggs at the top of the box. Briggs then fired off a left-footed shot past the keeper and into the goal.

COS: Michael Edwards (Sebastian Anderson), 32nd minute:From the right corner spot, Sebastian Anderson sent a corner kick towards the near post. Defender Michael Edwards completed his near-post run and buried the headed shot across the face of the goal and into the left side of the net.


- Monarchs forward Aris Briggs scored in the 28th minute of the match and now has two goals in two-consecutive starts this season.

- After lifting the trophy with the Real Salt Lake U15’s in the inaugural MLS Next Cup Final two days ago, goalkeeper Fernando Delgado was back on the bench for the Monarchs in the match.

Match:Real Monarchs vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Date: July 4, 2021

Venue: Weidner Field; Colorado Springs, Colorado

Attendance: 8,023

Weather: Partly cloudy and 80 degrees

Scoring Summary 1          2          F

Real Monarchs                           1          0          1

Switchbacks FC                          3          0          3

COS: Deshane Beckford (Michee Ngalina) 16’

COS: Hadji Barry (Deshane Beckford) 22’

SLC: Aris Briggs (Douglas Martínez) 28’

COS: Michael Edwards (Sebastian Anderson) 32’


Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Jeff Dewsnup; Daniel Flores (Timi Sobowale, 45’), Kyle Adams, Kevin Saucedo, Noah Powder; Ibrahim Bancé (Charlie Wehan, 45’), Sam Brown; Malik Johnson (Josimar Quintero, 45’), Milan Iloski (Bode Davis, 65’), Douglas Martínez; Aris Briggs

Subs not used: Fernando Delgado, Haroun Conteh, Max Mata

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (4-2-3-1):Sean Melvin; Matthew Mahoney, Jimmy Ockford, Michael Edwards, Sebastian Anderson; Steven Echeverria, Beverly Makangila (Andre Lewis, 84’); Deshane Beckford, Jose Torres (Phillip Mayaka, 70’), Michee Ngalina (Dantouma Toure, 76’); Hadji Barry (Darren Yapi, 84’)

Subs not used: Abraham Rodriguez, Rony Argueta, Jordan Burt


Shots: 25 / 13

Shots on Goal: 11 / 6

Saves: 4 / 6

Corner Kicks: 10 / 6

Fouls: 13 / 7

Offside: 1 / 1


SLC - Ibrahim Bancé (caution) - 30’

SLC - Kevin Saucedo (caution) - 38’

SLC - Milan Iloski (caution) - 65’

SLC - Timi Sobowale (caution) - 82’

COS - Matthew Mahoney (caution) - 83’

COS - Michael Edwards (caution) - 87’

COS - Phillip Mayaka (caution) - 90+1’


Referee: Héctor Hernández

Assistant Referees: Corbyn May, Jacob Herold

4th Official: Adam Zarrin