Real Monarchs Fall to New Mexico United 2-0


Rematch Slated for Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium

HERRIMAN, Utah (Wednesday, August 19, 2020) – Real Monarchs fell 2-0 to New Mexico United at home on Wednesday night, dropping its second consecutive match.

New Mexico United saw goals from former Monarchs defender Kalen Ryden and midfielder Amando Moreno in the victory.

The two sides started the match aggressively, with both clubs looking dangerous throughout the first half. In the 25th minute, New Mexico United midfielder David Najem broke free down the left side of the field and found himself in a one on one with the goalkeeper, but Jimmy Slayton made a point-blank save to keep the score level. The Monarchs responded with a few missed chances of their own before New Mexico found the breakthrough. In the 38th minute, midfielder David Estrada sent a cross into the left side of the box and found the head of Ryden for the goal to give United the 1-0 lead at the break.

The Monarchs started the second half on the front foot but were ultimately unable to capitalize in the final third. Against the run of play in the 68th minute, Moreno dribbled between two defenders before chipping Slayton with a right-footed shot to double the lead for New Mexico United. Midfielder Jack Blake looked to cut the lead in half with a free kick in the 71st minute, but it was pushed wide by United’s goalkeeper Cody Mizell. Midfielder Sam Brown immediately followed it up with a powerful shot from outside the box, but it was tipped up and away by Mizell once again to preserve the clean sheet and the 2-0 victory for New Mexico United.

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs face New Mexico United once again at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m.


NMU: Kalen Ryden (David Estrada), 38th minute: A David Estrada cross into the left side of the six-yard box finds the head of Kalen Ryden for the goal.

NMU: Amando Moreno, 68th minute: Moreno’s right footed chip shot over the goalkeeper found the back of the net to double the visitor’s advantage.


-       This was the third all-time meeting between the two Four-Corner rivals.

-       Forward Julian Vázquez earned his first start of 2020.

Match: Real Monarchs vs. New Mexico United

Date: August 19, 2020

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah

Attendance: 465

Weather: Clear and 88 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1        2         F

Real Monarchs                   0        0         0

New Mexico United            1        1         2

NMU: Kalen Ryden (David Estrada) 38’

NMU: Amando Moreno 68’


Real Monarchs (4-4-2): James Slayton; Noah Powder, Zack Farnsworth, James Moberg, Andrew Brody (Steve Jasso, 85’); Julian Vázquez (Jack Blake, 45’), Ricardo Avila, Sam Brown (Luke Mulholland, 85’), Dayonn Harris; Bode Davis (Luis Arriaga, 73’), Ryan Sierakowski (Kyle Coffee, 73’)

Subs not used: Gavin Beavers, Nicolás Giménez

New Mexico United (3-4-3): Cody Mizell; Austin Yearwood, Kalen Ryden, Sam Hamilton (Rashid Tetteh, 81’); Daniel Bruce, Ryan Williams (Andrew Tinari, 57’), Saalih Muhammad, David Najem (Josh Suggs, 64’); Joris Ahlinvi (Amando Moreno, 57’), Romeo Parkes (Devon Sandoval, 81’), David Estrada

Subs not used: Phillip Beigl, Christopher Wehan


Shots: 12 / 10

Shots on Goal: 4 / 6

Saves: 4 / 4

Corner Kicks: 3 / 5

Fouls: 13 / 15

Offside: 2 / 3


NMU – Saalih Muhammad (caution) 42’

SLC – Noah Powder (caution) 45+3’

NMU – Ryan Williams (caution) 52’


Referee: Matt Thompson

Assistant Referees: Kali Smith, Eric Wood

4th Official: Jordan Downs