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This Day in RSL and Royals History, Oct. 12: RSL loses first Rocky Mountain Cup

First RMC decided, Royals win final match of the season, and Monarchs break a streak.

MLS - Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids - October 1, 2005 Photo by Alan Yamamoto/MLS

Today we look back at some events in RSL, Utah Royals and Real Monarchs History. Also don’t miss the article for “This Week in RSL History” which will cover highlights from other days.

Do you remember any of these events?

October 12th

  • 2005: The final game of Real Salt Lake’s first season was also the last Rocky Mountain Cup match of the inaugural year. It would have been a long-shot for RSL to get the cup, a win would have tied the series in games, but they would need a 4 goal margin to overcome the goal differential. It wouldn’t make much difference as the Colorado Rapids 1-0 win in this game gave them the first trophy they had ever won in their club’s history. (Editor’s note: Would you believe that Nat Borchers was on the other side?)
  • 2019: Utah Royals FC wrap up the season with a 2-1 win versus the Houston Dash. There weren’t any playoff implications here, but it was a needed win after a losing streak that cost Royals FC the post-season. Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez both scored. Press finished the season with eight goals, and Rodriguez with nine to make her the club’s leading scorer for the season.
  • 2019: Phoenix Rising were undefeated after 17 games in the USL, and heavy favorites to win vs the visitors Real Monarchs. Both had already earned playoff positions, so the only thing to play for was the inaugural Four Corners Cup. Rising may have controlled most of the game, but it remained scoreless as Mikael Chang come on as as a substitute in the 72’ minute. Two minutes late he scored from the spot with his first touch of the night following a contentious penalty in the box. Phoenix pressed hard and tied it in the 82’ minute shortly before a couple of red cards made it 10 on 10. Just as time expired Kyle Coffee was in the right place at the right time as the Phoenix goalkeeper had a lofted cross go right through his hands for an uncontested header and the 2-1 win. Phoenix had lost at home for the first time in 364 days and the $1 Beer Night streak had come to an end.