The Real Monarchs return home Saturday to take on the LA Galaxy II. The Monarchs got blasted not only by blizzard conditions in Colorado Springs, but also by the Switchbacks, losing 5-2.
They will look to get their first win on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium. It will be interesting to see what type of team RMSLC fields, as Real Salt Lake will head to New England with only about 17 total players available for them. Both RSL and the Monarchs are missing quite a few players on numerous call ups for international duty.
This will be the second time the Monarchs and LA Galaxy II have squared off this season. They faced each other in the opener in LA, and came away with a 0-0 draw. The LA Galaxy II are coached by Curt Onalfo, who was an assistant with DC United, and the US National Team, as well as being the head man for the Kansas City Wizards, and DC United. He brings a lot of coaching experience to the team, and it showed last season as they made the final, falling to the eventual champions and RMSLC's next opponent, Sacramento Republic FC, in the final.
They aren't faring much better than the Monarchs this season, with only one victory one the year. That victory, however, was last week over Austin Aztex, and they may be bringing that momentum to Utah.
Saturday's match will have lots of hope and excitement, and worth a watch. It will be exciting not only for fans in the stands at Rio Tinto Stadium, but also for fans that will be able to watch the match on television on KMYU. It will be the first of 12 games broadcast on the station, and the second game on the station following RSL at New England. Fans of the Claret and Cobalt will be able to watch four hours of soccer on Saturday.
Another positive note was newly acquired Uruguayan forward Max Rauhofer, who notched one of the two goals for RMSLC last Saturday and could add some firepower lacking up top for the Monarchs.