The Real Monarchs continued the California portion of their preseason with a match against LA Galaxy at Carson on Saturday. Coach Mike Petke used a a different squad in each of the 45’ halves with several RSL players.
The lads making their way to the pitch. pic.twitter.com/svWZiieG9X— Real Monarchs (@RealMonarchs) March 11, 2017
The first half opened with Conner Sparrow in goal; Max Lachowecki, Emilio Orozco, James Moberg, and new signing Kyle Curinga along the back line; nick Besler and Charlie Adams as the defensive midfielders, Sebastian Velasquez, Andrew Brody and Chase Minter at attacking midfielders; and Daniel Haber as the lone striker. The first 10 minutes featured a lot of back and forth fast paced play before Haber opened the scoring in the 11th on a tap in after a bad giveaway by the Los Dos defense.
The next fifteen minutes remained back and forth with Los Dos having the best chances before the Monarchs once again seized control around the 30' mark. Chase Minter got the second goal for the Monarchs in the 36' after Besler slipped the ball through to him following another give away in midfield by Los Dos.
However, Galaxy 2 responded almost immediately in the 38' as Justin Dhillon pushed a ball past Sparrow following a poor give away by the Monarchs defense. The first half ended 2-1 after several more chances for both sides and little hectic and chippy play.
The start of the second half saw Skyler Milne another new signing come in for Haber up top and 4 RSL players down for the day to get minutes: Jose Hernandez for Seba, Omar Holness for Charlie, Reagan Dunk for Curinga and Lalo in for Sparrow in goal. The first team players made their presence known and the Monarachs put Galaxy Ii back on their heels for the initial 10 minutes of the second half.
55': Another Monarch chance CRUSHED out of play by Jean Engola pic.twitter.com/yexonGuc4q— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) March 11, 2017
At about the 60’ mark the Monarchs made another series of subs with Jesus Leal replacing Besler, Emmanuel Ocran in for Minter, Michael Gallagher replacing Orozco and Karsten Hanlin in for Brody. After another extended period of control, Omar Holness added a third goal in the 66’ as he picked up the ball about 45 yards out and then drove straight toward goal and curled a fantastic ball into the upper corner.
In the 70’ Miguel Aguilar was taken down in the box resulting in a PK for Los Dos. After Holness received a yellow card for dissent during the ensure setup Ethan Zubak buried his shot into the back of the net to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Monarchs. Chandler Hoffman also come on to replace Skyler Milne at striker.
As time got short Petke made three more subs with Curinga coming back on to replace Moberg, Adrien Perez (a trialist who played collegiately at Loyola Marymount) replacing Ocran, and Kyle O’Brien (another trialist) replacing Lachowecki.
Shortly before the march ended Hanlin gave the ball away and then picked up a yellow when fouling Ryo Fuji but the resulting free kick was handled well and the match ended in a 3-2 victory for the Monarchs. And leaving the with 4 victories in 4 matches so far this preseason.