Still the top dog.
After returning to the summit of the USL Power Rankings last week, Real Monarchs held onto that top spot for another week after a 2-2 draw at Swope Park.
“Things looked to be going to plan for the Monarchs in their visit to Swope Park on Friday night at halftime, but in the end, the side will likely be happy to take away a point and maintain its 10-point lead at the top of the Western Conference. If things go right for the Monarchs, it could clinch a first playoff place on Friday night with plenty of time to go on to earn its first silverware.
While they held more possession overall in the first half, the Monarchs reached the break with only three shots total, but given the clinical nature of the side’s finishing the two-goal lead they took into halftime was deserved. An outstanding finish by Daniel Haber that had Real Salt Lake Head Coach Mike Petke chiming in on its quality on Twitter opened the scoring eight minutes in, and Andrew Brody’s excellent delivery to set up Kyle Curinga’s 26th-minute finish marked his second start since returning from injury nicely. Having entered the game converting 21 percent of their chances this season, the Monarchs again were decisive when chances arrived.”
Driving head-on into the final third of the season the Monarchs are sure to be hard pressed for top spot headed into the playoffs!
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