HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, May 20, 2022) – Celebrating the Club’s annual Pride Night, Real Monarchs (0-6-2, 2 points) fell 3-0 to North Texas FC at Zions Bank Stadium.

In its return to Zions Bank Stadium, Real Monarchs and North Texas FC began the match on equal footing, trading possession until the 20th minute when the Texas side broke through the stalemate. North Texas was able to slip a through ball to forward Jose Mulato, leaving him alone with defender* Bobby Pierre* while drawing out goalkeeper David Ochoa. Mulato was able to lay it off to fellow forward Bernard Kamungo who tapped it in for the easy finish.

Real Monarchs nearly responded in the 24th minute when Pierre Reedy’s shot was pushed just wide of goal. As the first half came to a close Monarchs nearly found the equalizer again when defender Aziz Kayondo found midfielder Tyrone Mondi who was sitting on top of the box. Mondi cut past his defender and fired a shot which was saved by the fingertips of Zarzar, ending the first 45 minutes with the Monarchs trailing 1-0. 

Coming out of the halftime break, Texas found its second goal of the night in the 56th minute. After stealing the ball from Pierre, second-half substitute Collin Smith laid it off to Hope Avayevu who squeezed it by Ochoa into the bottom right corner. North Texas scored again in the 73rd minute when Pablo Torre netted a rebound after Ochoa saved North Texas’ original shot. Despite seeing opportunities as the match came to a close, the Monarchs were unable to find a goal of its own, ending the match 3-0 in favor of the visiting side

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs will be back at Zions Bank Stadium on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. MT to face Houston Dynamo 2 for Unified Night, a celebration of Real Salt Lake’s Special Olympics Unified team. Gates will open one hour prior to kickoff at 6:00 p.m. MT with tickets available for purchase at rsl.com/monarchs/tickets/.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:

NTX: Bernard Kamungo (Jose Mulato) 20th minute: After receiving a through ball sent in from the midfield center circle, Mulato stormed towards goal and laid it off for Kamungo who was able to tap it in for the easy finish.

NTX: Hope Avayevu (Collin Smith) 56th minute: On a high press attack, Smith was able to steal the ball from Pierre and find Avayevu alone at the top of the box. Avayevu was able to slot the ball into the bottom left corner for the second goal of the match. 

NTX: Pablo Torre 73rd minute: Torre tucked the ball into the bottom right corner after receiving the ball off the rebound from Ochoa’s save just moments before. 

NOTES:

- 11 of the 18 players available for Real Monarchs are current or former RSL Academy products.

- Real Monarchs started its oldest Starting XI of the season thus far with an average age of 20.5 years old. 

- RSL Academy products Gershon Henry, Abokye Bikyeombe and Marcus Vasquez made their return to the squad after participating in MLS NEXT Flex on May 14-16.

Match: Real Monarchs vs North Texas SC

Date: May 20, 2022

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium

Weather: 50 and Windy

Attendance: 3,132

Scoring Summary:      1     2     F 

Real Monarchs        0     0     0

North Texas SC        1     2     3

NTX: Bernard Kamungo 20’

NTX: Hope Avayevu 56’

NTX: Pablo Torre 73’

Lineups:

Real Monarchs (4-3-3): David Ochoa, Bode Davis, Golden Mafwenta, Bobby Pierre (Benjamin Rodriguez, 60’), Aziz Kayondo, Jaziel Orozco, Pedro Fonseca, Christian Nydegger, Chris Garcia, Tyrone Mondi, Pierre Reedy (Yekeson Subah, 46’)

Subs not used: Gavin Beavers, Gershon Henry, Abokye Bikyeombe, Marcus Vasquez, Jack Imperato, Leo Torres 

NTX (4-3-3): Juan Antonio Zarzar, Blake Pope, Isaiah Parker, Nolan Norris, Alejandro Araneda, Hope Avayevu (Michael Morales, 81’), Blaine Ferri, Tomas Pinheiro de Lacerda (Andre Costa, 72’), Luis Cardoso (Pablo Torre, 72’), Bernard Kamungo, Jose Daniel Mulato Palacios ( Collin Smith, 54’)

Subs not used: Chase Niece, Derek Waldek, Felipe Carneiro, 

Stats Summary: NTX / RM

Shots: 8 / 15

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 2 / 2

Corner Kicks: 2 / 6

Fouls: 8 / 14

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:

RM: Golden Mafwenta (caution) 63’

RM: Aziz Kayondo (caution) 68’

RM: Chris Garcia (caution) 90+1’