Real Monarchs Fall 1-0 to San Antonio FC in Season Opener


Four Players Make Club Debut in Loss

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Saturday, March 7, 2020) – Real Monarchs opened its title defense and 2020 USL Championship regular season on Saturday night, falling 1-0 at San Antonio FC at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio started the game on the front foot, forcing David Ochoa into several diving saves in addition to a shot by Gonzalo Di Renza that hit the post in the 10th minute. After surviving the initial push from the home side, the Monarchs took the momentum. The Monarchs had multiple looks at goal in the final 20 minutes of the half but to no avail. Their best chance came in the 37th minute off of a free kick from Alvin Jones that found the foot of Kyle Coffee, but the shot was saved by SAFC Matt Cardone and the teams entered the break level at 0-0.

San Antonio once again looked to be the more dangerous side to start the second half and their sustained pressure was soon rewarded. In the 67th minute, Montgomery broke the deadlock with a goal from a direct cross from Luis Solignac. Trailing 1-0 the Monarchs began to apply some pressure of their own, but San Antonio held strong the rest of the way to earn the clean sheet and the 1-0 victory.

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs now face Phoenix Rising FC in its 2020 home opener on Saturday, March 14 at 3:00p MT at Zions Bank Stadium.

SA: Callum Montgomery (Luis Solignac), 67th minute: 
After a San Antonio free kick spilled out of the box, a second service found Luis Solignac who crossed it dangerously into the box and found the foot of Callum Montgomery for the goal.

- Real Monarchs drop 2020 season opener and remain winless in San Antonio since 2016. 

- Arturo Rodriguez along with RSL men Ashtone Morgan, Alvin Jones and Milan Iloski all made their club debuts in the loss.

Match: Real Monarchs vs. San Antonio FC
Date: March 7, 2020
Venue: Toyota Field; San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 7,020
Weather: Clear and 62 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1        2         F

Real Monarchs                   0        0         0
San Antonio FC                 0        1         1

SA: Callum Montgomery (Luis Solignac) 67’

Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1):
David Ochoa; Ashtone Morgan, Erik Holt, Taylor Peay, Alvin Jones; Arturo Rodriguez (Damian German, 78’), Sam Brown (Julian Vázquez, 39’), Luke Mulholland, Noah Powder; Kyle Coffee (Jack Blake, 58’); Milan Iloski

Subs not used: James Slayton, Nicolás Giménez, James Moberg, Devin Vega

San Antonio FC (5-3-2): Matt Cardone; Connor Maloney, Blake Smith, Callum Montgomery, Axel Sjöberg, Mitchell Taintor; Jose Gallegos, Victor Giro, Hayden Partain; Luis Solignac (Jesús Enríquez, 90+4’), Gonzalo Di Renzo (Ignacio Bailone, 64’)

Subs not used: Jose Carlos Mercado, Sebastián Mercado, Joshua Ramsey, Santiago Viera, Preston Tabort Etaka

Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves 3 / 2
Corner Kicks 4 / 5
Fouls: 15 / 16
Offside: 0 / 3

SLC – Erik Holt (caution) 14’
SLC – Luke Mulholland (caution) 23’
SA – Gonzalo Di Renzo (caution) 33’
SA – Blake Smith (caution) 38’
SLC – Noah Powder (caution) 56’
SLC – Ashtone Morgan (caution) 66’
SLC – Jack Blake (caution) 82’
SLC – Noah Powder (second caution/ejection) 90+3’

Referee: Chris Ruska
Assistant Referees: Diego Blas, Nicholas Seymour
4th Official: Gerald Flores