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Real Monarchs' Rio Tinto debut ends in damp draw

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Real Monarchs drew 1-1 with Portland Timbers in their rain-soaked home debut at Rio Tinto Stadium, where they found themselves unable to get past a ten-man Portland side.

Real Monarchs conceded the first goal in the 7th minute, with Lalo Fernandez being caught out at the near post by a Fatawu shot.

Justen Glad, on loan from RSL, scored an equalizer in the 28th minute from a corner. His driven header left Gleeson with no chance. His start came as his first appearance for either side of the season after recovering from an offseason surgery.

Portland were reduced to ten men when Rennico Clarke was shown his second yellow card. This left Monarchs up a man, a position from which they found plenty of possession but few clear cut opportunities.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Monarchs' shape shifting through the match. Lennon Celestino took a few shots from outside the box, and more than a few corners were sent in with a chance coming from that.

Pecka made his first appearance since preseason, but as a second-half substitute. He was originall slated to start but that plan seemed to change during warm ups.