Real Salt Lake lost, Real Monarchs won: It’s all starting to become a bit of a theme here, and while there’s something good about it — we all want Real Monarchs doing well — there’s also some consternation we’re all feeling.
Let’s recap the weekend.
RSL falls 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City
With captain Kyle Beckerman ruled out as a match day scratch, Sunny stepped into the starting eleven, marking his first MLS minutes since the beginning of April. Matt VanOekel also started in place of an injured Nick Rimando, who is expected to be out 3-4 weeks with a hamstring strain.
Real Monarchs dig deep for third straight home victory
Two first half goals by Hoffman and Moberg got the Monarchs rolling quickly, but it took a strong defensive second half to preserve a 2-1 victory against Swope Park Rangers.
Coach’s Quotes: Some from RSL need to step up, Petke says
It’s tough to keep talking about progress losing two games in a row now. Personally, it’s tough to swallow, but it’s not an overnight change. This is a long term process. We have some good players and we have some players that need to step up ...
Player ratings: Sporting KC 3-0 RSL
From Randal Serr’s player ratings this week: Schuler was RSL’s most consistent defender on the night, which isn’t to say he had a perfect night. He was simply the best for them and didn’t take any grief from anyone.
Real Monarchs sign Creighton, RSL-AZ grad Riggs Lennon
Perhaps more widely known as Brooks Lennon’s brother, Riggs joins with a pedigree of his own. We’ll have to look forward to seeing him — but while he was a forward in college, he’s a defender now.