Salt Lake City, Utah (Saturday, April 2, 2016) – Real Monarchs got out to an early 3-0 lead in the club’s second match of the season Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. But a late surge from LA Galaxy II left the Monarchs with a 3-3 draw as the Monarchs move to 1-0-1 on the season.
The Monarchs got goals from three different players in the first half as DF Tyler Arnone, FW Maikon Orellana and FW Colin Rolfe all scored before halftime. That 3-0 advantage held until the 80th minute, when LA started its comeback and by the final whistle “Los Dos” had drawn level for a 3-3 draw.
In the 14th minute, the Monarchs got out to the lead when Arnone cracked a ball from distance. Off a corner, the ball was cleared to Arnone 30 yards out and he took a solid strike landing it into the bottom left corner for the 1-0 lead.
In the 25th minute, Orellana made it 2-0 on a costly mistake from LA goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon. Orellana attacked his defender up the right side and took a hard angle shot near the six. Sneddon got his gloves to it and popped the ball up, but not high enough and it bounced into the net.
Goal three came just before half, as Orellana drove to the end line and then sliced a perfect ball across the six, allowing Rolfe to finish for the 3-0 lead at halftime.
The Monarchs continued to dominate into the 80th minute, but then the Galaxy came back.
In the 81st minute it was Ethan Zuback whose shot was parried into the net, pulling the score to 3-1.
As the game neared the end, Los Dos came back with an identical play as Orellana had earlier, this time with LA finishing the ball in the net. LA then gained momentum by scoring two more. The Monarchs finished game two with a draw, 3-3.
Real Monarchs 3-3 LA Galaxy 2
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016
Rio Tinto Stadium
Goals by Period 1 2 F
LA Galaxy 2 0 3 3
Real Monarchs 3 0 3
RM: Tyler Arnone 14’
RM: Maikon Orellana (Amass Amankona) 25’
RM: Colin Rolfe (Maikon Orellana) 45’
LA2: Ethan Zubak (Alejandro Covarrubias) 81’
LA2: Ryo Fujii 88’
LA2: Jack McBean (PK) 90’
RM: Darion Copeland (Caution, Foul) 22’
LA2: John Neeskens (Caution, Foul) 51’
LA2: Jamie Villarreal (Caution, Foul) 68’
Real Monarchs (4-3-3): Connor Sparrow; Riley McGovern, Lennon Celestino, Max Lachowecki, Darion Copeland; Alec Sundly, Maikon Orellana (Elder Torres 79’), Tyler Arnone; Amass Amankona (Kevaughn Frater 63’), Ricardo Velazco (Eti Tavares 74), Colin Rolfe.
Substitutes not used: Juan Ruiz, Elijah Rice, Alec Felix, Miles Stray
LA Galaxy 2 (4-3-3): Bennett Sneddon; Nathan Smith, John Neeskens (Jack McBean 59’), Jeffery Payeras, Lee Nishanian; Ryo Fujii, Byram Rebellon, Jamie Villarreal; Jose Villarreal, Denzel Slager (Alejandro Covarrubias 59’), Adonis Amaya (Kainoa Bailey 73’)
Substitutes not used: Josh Turnley, Adrian Vera, Ethan Zubak, Eric Lopez.
Referee: Hamed Sadeghi
Assistant Referees: TJ Zablocki, Robert Pickett
4th Official: Mitch Lillywhite