Real Monarchs SLC Renews I-15 Rivalry Saturday at Las Vegas Lights FC

HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, March 29, 2019) – Real Monarchs SLC is set to renew its I-15 Rivalry with Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday when it travels to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kickoff from Sin City is set for 8:30p MT and can be seen live on ESPN+.

Saturday’s match will be the third match all-time between the two sides, with the Monarchs holding an undefeated 1-0-1 (4 points) record over the hosts. The Monarchs and Lights FC played against one another on two occasions in 2018, seeing a scoreless draw in the inaugural match at Zions Bank Stadium before the Monarchs topped Las Vegas at Cashman field 2-0 courtesy of goals from Sebastian Velasquez and MF Josh Heard.

Saturday night’s clash is one that will see former U.S. Men’s National Team teammates on opposing sidelines leading their teams against one another. Las Vegas’ Eric Wynalda and Real’s Martín Vasquez played side-by-side for the USMNT when it took on China in a pair of exhibitions in early 1997.

The Monarchs are coming off of a dominant 5-0 drubbing of LA Galaxy II last Saturday, a match that saw Vasquez earn his first win as the head coach of the Monarchs. Led by a brace from MF Maikel Chang and a second consecutive shutout performance from GK David Ochoa, the Monarchs were able to claim its first three-point outing of 2019. The Utah side also saw goals from FW Lionel Abate Etoundi, MF Ricardo Avila and DF Steve Jasso who notched a goal just three minutes into his professional debut. RSL Academy product and Monarchs MF Jordan Pena also made his debut in the match, playing the full 90 minutes against Los Dos.

How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC @ Las Vegas Lights FC – Sat., March 30, 2019

·         Coverage Begins: 8:30 p.m. MT

·         Local TV: N/A

·         Digital Streaming: ESPN+

·         English Radio: N/A

·         Spanish Radio: N/A

·         Social Media: @RealMonarchs & #LVvSLC on Twitter

Game Notes for Saturday’s SLC @ LV game Available Online

The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Monarchs SLC and Lights FC is available HERE. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive it as an attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at tmeyer@rsl.com.

For 2019, the Monarchs return a familiar core of players from the 2018 season as DFs James MobergKalen RydenKonrad PlewaAndrew Brody & Stanley Okumu lead the backline of one of the league’s most elite sides. MFs Maikel ChangJack BlakeJosh Heard and Masta Kacher all return carrying with them a slew of experience into their second season in the midfield with the Monarchs.

New faces in the squad include players with ample USL Championship experience like DF Noah Powder, FW Douglas Martinez. Panamanian international MF Ricardo Avila highlights the season’s newcomers as the World Cup veteran is joined by FW Lionel Etoundi, MF Damian German and Honduran youth international FW Luis Palma. RSL Academy productsJordan Pena and Steve Jasso also exemplify the growth pipeline between the Academy and the professional ranks for the 2019 season. GKs Todd Morton and Evan Finney round out the list of new faces set to contribute to the Monarchs during the 2019 season.

Real Monarchs SLC season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by going to RealMonarchs.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

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