Sandy, U.T. (Saturday, June 10, 2017) – FW Chandler Hoffman and MF Andrew Brody tallied a goal apiece, as Real Monarchs (11-1-0, 33 points) earned a USL record-tying eighth consecutive victory with a 2-0 win against Portland Timbers 2. The Monarchs equaled the 2014 mark for consecutive victories set by Orlando City SC.
Additionally, the Monarchs are now on a seven-game home win streak at Rio Tinto Stadium dating back to last season, an active run which currently ranks fourth-best in the USL’s all-time record book.
The Claret-and-Cobalt USL side applied heavy pressure in the first half and finally broke through in the 41st minute. MF Sebastian Velasquez served as the provider, and Brody made no mistake from the center of the six yard box to open his 2017 account.
Brody’s tally makes it 13 different Monarchs players to see their name appear on the scoresheet this season.
Throughout the match, Hoffman looked keen on adding to his account, and the forward notched his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 67th minute. The Monarchs were quick in transition, shifting the ball from the left to the right for the tidy right-footed finish in the penalty area.
With the two goals, HC Mark Briggs’ side added to the club’s league leading offense. Real has 30 total goals through 12 matches.
Defensively, GK Lalo Fernandez and company earned their second straight clean sheet. Fernandez didn’t need to make a save as he collected his second shutout of the campaign.
RSL DF David Horst made a rehab start with the USL side. The defender had been sidelined since March with a right knee injury. DF James Moberg replaced the first-teamer after halftime.
The Monarchs boss used all three of his substitutions. In addition to Moberg, Briggs opted for MF Chase Minter to replace MF Daniel Haber in the 76th minute and MF Karsten Hanlin for an injured MF Charlie Adams in the 78th minute.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs will stay in the friendly confines of Rio Tinto Stadium for Week 12 against Reno 1868 FC (7:00 p.m. MT, June 19). Real got goals from five different players to top Reno earlier this season, 5-3 on April 6 at the RioT.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
RM -- Andrew Brody (Sebastian Velasquez), 41st minute: After knocking on the door for the majority of the first half, the Monarchs finally broke through. Sebastian Velasquez beat his man down the left side of the penalty area and found a wide open Andrew Brody in the six yard box. Brody tapped in his first of the year.
RM -- Chandler Hoffman (Sebastian Velasquez), 67th minute: Chandler Hoffman was looking to be in the scoring mood all night. In transition, the Portland defense was in shambles. Velasquez served as provider, drawing the attention on the left side, only to feed Hoffman for an easy finish on the right side of the penalty area.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
T2 -- Kendall McIntosh, 2nd minute: The Monarchs strung together excellent combinations from their defensive third to get into the Timbers 2 penalty area. Sebastian Velasquez played in Chandler Hoffman, but Kendall McIntosh was quick off his line to close the angle and deflect the chance out for a corner kick.
T2 -- Kendall McIntosh, 31st minute: After Captain Nick Besler was pushed down at the edge of the penalty area, the Monarchs were presented with a golden opportunity on a set piece. Charlie Adams curled a left-footed strike around the wall, only to be denied by a spectacular diving save by the Timbers 2 goalkeeper.
T2 -- Kendall McIntosh, 48th minute: The T2 keeper was in top form, denying Hoffman at the start of the second half. The forward made another great diagonal run across the Portland defense on the right side, only for McIntosh to be quick off his line.
T2 -- Kendall McIntosh, 70th minute: Andrew Brody’s left footed shot from the left side of the box was denied by a diving McIntosh.
- Real Monarchs are 2-2-2 all-time in USL play against Portland Timbers 2.
- The Monarchs are now winners of a USL record-tying eight straight matches, dating back to April 22nd. The streak ties the mark set by Orlando City SC in 2014.
- The Claret-and-Cobalt USL side stays atop as league leaders in total goals this season with 30 through 12 matches. The club has scored multiple goals in every home game this season.
- The Monarchs are now on a seven-game home win streak at Rio Tinto Stadium, dating back to last season, an active run which currently ranks fourth-best in the USL’s all-time record book.
- Andrew Brody is the latest to add his name to the Monarchs scoresheet. Brody is the 13th different player to score for the club this season.
- RSL DF David Horst made his return to the field from a right knee injury sustained in March. Horst started and went 45 minutes. The defender joins Lalo Fernandez, Tony Beltran, Aaron Maund, Sunny, Omar Holness, Jose Hernandez, Reagan Dunk, Ricardo Velazco and Jordan Allen as RSL men to make loan stints in USL.
Match: Portland Timbers 2 at Real Monarchs
Date: June 10, 2017
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Weather: 77 degrees and sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 1 1 2
Portland Timbers 2 0 0 0
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Lalo Fernandez; Max Lachowecki, Michael Gallagher, David Horst (James Moberg 46’), Taylor Peay; Nick Besler, Charlie Adams (Karsten Hanlin 78’); Daniel Haber (Chase Minter 76’), Sebastian Velasquez, Andrew Brody; Chandler Hoffman
Subs not used: Connor Sparrow, Emmanuel Ocran, Skyler Milne, Jonel Desire
Portland Timbers 2: (4-2- 3-1): Kendall McIntosh; Kyle Bjornethun, Shaquille Jimenez, Lamar Batista (Max Ornstil 46’), Michael Amick; Tomas Granitto, Blake Bodily; Omar Mohamed (Neco Brett 74’), Viliyan Bijev (Gio Calixtro 83’), Terrell Lowe; Russell Cicerone
Subs not used: Wade Hamilton, Jose Perez, Lucas Cini
Stats Summary: RM / T2
Shots: 27 / 5
Shots on Goal: 8 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 13 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 6
Offside: 1 / 3
RM -- David Horst (Caution) - 23’
T2 -- Viliyan Bijev (Caution) - 30’
RM -- Taylor Peay (Caution) - 61’
T2 -- Terrell Lowe (Caution) - 75’
Referee: Malik Badawi
Assistant Referees: Allen Pickett, Karsten Gillwald
4th Official: Trevor McDowell