After arguably their best 90 minutes of soccer yet, Real Monarchs fell 1-0 to LA Galaxy II on a bizarre 93rd minute goal against the run of play.
It wasn't necessarily unjust — Monarchs failed to capitalize on a number of great opportunities, with play often getting held up at the edge of the box. But too often, the final pass was held back too long, and those opportunities flitted away.
LA Galaxy II's Bradley Diallo scored a surprising goal deep in stoppage time with a cross that rebounded off Monarchs goalkeeper Eric Osswald's outstretched hands.
Without any Real Salt Lake players to call on, save Fito Ovalle, who is on a season-long loan to the side, the defense featured academy center back Danilo Acosta, who asserted himself very well in the match. Paired with Emilio Orozco, the two were difficult to break down throughout.
It was, bizarrely, the third inclement weather match the Monarchs have played in their short history, with a rain-soaked home opener at Rio Tinto and a blizzard-ridden 5-2 loss at Colorado Springs last weekend.
It doesn't get any easier for Real Monarchs, who face 2014 USL champions Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.