In a sudden twist of fate, Real Monarchs are suddenly a more winning team in the last eight days — three wins and no other results — than they were in the first 23 games of the season.
They achieved that with a third-consecutive win, this time over OKC Energy, the top team in the Western Conference, who they beat 2-0.
That result came after Emery Welshman and Lucas Baldin scored a goal apiece, but it was almost rendered more difficult after John Stertzer, on loan from Real Salt Lake, was called for a foul in the box. The ensuing penalty was put quite high, leaving Monarchs safe, but it was a nervy moment early in the second half.
Welshman's goal was a thing of beauty; he beat two players on the dribble from the left flank, then somehow spotted an opportunity and nutmegged the goalkeeper for the goal.
Some defensive miscues nearly cost the Monarchs three points, but after that penalty, the team woke back up and continued attacking.
A second goal sealed the deal; with Welshman fouled in the box, Lucas Baldin stepped up to the spot and put the penalty kick away for an exciting 2-0 victory.