REAL MONARCHS SLC PLAY TO 0-0 DRAW AT SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
Monarchs Opponents Now 2 for 14 From the Penalty Spot Since Beginning of 2017;
Club Now Owns of Nine Shutouts Through 18 Matches Played;
Monarchs Return to Zions Bank Stadium for Jul. 14 Visit by Sounders FC 2 with RSLvMIN Watch Party on 700 Square Foot Indoor Screen Prior to Kick off
SACRAMENTO, California (Saturday, July 7, 2018) – Real Monarchs SLC (12-4-2, 38 points, 1 West) settled for a scoreless draw on Saturday night at Western Conference Rival Sacramento Republic FC. The draw marks just the second draw of the season for the Monarchs, both of which were scoreless matches.
The Monarchs nearly found the back of the net in the 9th minute when DF James Moberg struck the post but couldn’t get a foot on the rebound to turn the ball home at the second time of asking. The first half became open after that point as Republic FC forced GK Jake Leeker into a highlight reel save in the 12th minute as his fingertips forced the ball onto the post to deny the hosts the opener.
In the second half, the Monarchs fell under heavy pressure ultimately conceding a penalty kick in the 52nd minute. Staying true to Monarchs fashion, Republic midfielder Cameron Iwasa struck the post with his shot, keeping the match scoreless. With the miss, Monarchs opponents are now 2 for 14 for penalty kicks against the Monarchs since the beginning of 2017. Throughout the rest of the match the Monarchs defense led by Moberg, stood firm to help steal a point from Sacramento and remain atop the United Soccer League Standings.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs return to Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, July 14th to face Seattle Sounders FC 2 for the second time in 2018. Kick off in Herriman is set for 8:00 p.m. MT.
KEY SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
SLC: Jake Leeker, 12th minute: A clipped cross sent into the area found the head of Cameron Iwasa whos header looked destined for goal. Leeker – going the opposite way – reacted well to tip the ball onto the post to keep the match scoreless.
- Rhys Williams earned his second start as a Monarch at right back.
- Sebastian Velasquez returned to the starting lineup after serving his suspension and recovering from injury.
- Monarchs opponents are now 2 for 14 from the penalty spot against the Monarchs since the beginning of 2017.
Match: Real Monarchs SLC at Sacramento Republic FC
Date: July 7, 2018
Venue: Papa Murphy’s Park; Sacramento, California
Weather: Sunny and 94 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs SLC 0 0 0
Sacramento Republic FC 0 0 0
Real Monarchs SLC (4-3-3): Jake Leeker; Rhys Williams (Michael Gallagher, 58’), James Moberg, Kalen Ryden, Andrew Brody; Justin Portillo, Charlie Adams (Jack Blake, 69’), Sebastian Velasquez; Maikel Chang Hoffman, Josh Heard, Masta Kacher (Josh Heard, 84’)
Subs not used: Jacob Jackson, Konrad Plewa, Juan Ignacio Mare
Sacramento Republic FC (4-4-2): Josh Cohen; Elliott Hord (Emrah Klimenta, 77’), Shannon Gomez, Mitchell Taintor, Justin Schmidt; Jeremy Hall, Luis Espino Vazquez, Adam Moffat, Wilson Kneeshaw (Villyan Bijev, 61’); Jure Matjasic, Cameron Iwasa
Subs not used: Rafael Diaz, Cole Seiler, Josh Turnley, Jaime Villareal, Christian Eissele
Stats Summary: SAC/SLC
Shots: 16 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 14
Offside: 4 / 1
SAC – Adam Moffat (caution) 50’
SLC – Sebastian Velasquez (caution) 66’
SLC – James Moberg (caution) 73’
SLC – Michael Gallagher (caution) 78’
Referee: Mark Allatin
Assistant Referees: Eric Ehrhardt, Brandon Chapman
4th Official: Turan Ozedmir