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Real Monarchs splash to a wet 3-1 victory over Sounders 2

Hoffman, Hernandez and Besler score in the rain to give Monarchs their first win at Starfire Sports in Tukwila

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The Monarchs came out with four new players in the starting 11 with Jordan Allen, Jose Hernandez, Sunday Oboyan all down from the parent RSL and Michael Gallagher in his first start as a Monarch in place of Emilio Orozco.

The Sounders were quick to pressure the Monarchs when a long range shot by Shandon Hopeau in the 3’ was blocked and then briefly bobbled by Fernandez.

However, following that early action neither team created any serious threat until Lalo left goal only to miss a punch out on a long free kick by Ray Saari in the 25’. The ball went on to Sam Rogers who connected with a nice header which was saved off the line by a racing Nick Besler.

In the quick counter-attack following the near goal, Daniel Haber had the Monarachs first chance with a nice strike from outside the box which was easily saved by Tyler Miller.

The Monarch began to apply more pressure and In the 35’ minute Jordan Allen was clearly taken down in the box by Rodrigue Ele. Chandler Hoffman crossed up Miller with the subsequent penalty kick and the Monarchs went out to a 1-0 lead.

2 minutes later a bad give away in mid-field led to another Sounders chance as Saari found Hopeau on a nice through ball leaving him one-on-one with Lalo who made a nice save.

David Olsen had the next chance for the Sounders with a nice header off a corner kick by Saari which was easily saved by Lalo in the 40’.

Late in the 42’ Jordan Allen took a heavy foul and received treatment on the field but was unable to continue. Andrew Brody came on in the 44’ minute and shortly later halftime was called.

The Sounders also struck early in the second half when David Olsen buried a nice volley off the rebound from another Ray Saari free kick which Fernandez went out for and tied the score up at 1-1 in the 48’.

The Monarchs nearly got on back in the 61’ when a low cross from Brody found Hoffman who was alone in front of goal by Miller made a nice save.

Seattle had another nice chance off a cross from Brian Nana-Sinkom in the 65’ but the header from haltime substitute Irvin Parra went right to Fernandez’s hands.

Jose Hernandez was rewarded for his efforts in the 68’ when he dribbled into the open and hit a great left footed shot past Miller to give the Monarchs the lead at 2-1.

Four minutes later Nick Besler calmly buried a shot past Miller after a slick pass from Chandler Hoffman left him breaking in alone on the goalkeeper.

Jesus Leal who came on as a sub in the 74’ got into a free kick late in injury time which bounced right into Miller.

In the final action of the match, Chase Minter was pulled down in the box, but Tyler Miller came up with a big save as Hoffman tried to repeat his earlier successful shot.

The victory leaves the Monarchs with 12 points and a +6 goal differential. While they are temporarily alone in 2nd place in the Western conference, their next opponent, Swope Park Rangers, can move into a tie with a victory against Arizona Rising tomorrow setting the stage for a great match next Saturday at Rio Tinto.


35’ – SLC – Chandler Hoffman (penalty kick)

48’ – SEA – David Olsen

68’ – SLC – Jose Hernandez

73’ – SLC – Nick Besler (Chandler Hoffman)

Monarchs: (4-2-3-1) Fernandez; Curinga, Moberg, Gallagher, Lachowecki; Obayan (Leal 74’), Besler (c); Haber (Minter 83’), Hernandez, Allen (Brody 44’); Hoffman

Sounders 2: (4-2-3-1) Miller; Nana-Sinkam, Ele, Rogers, Grant; Saari, Narbon (c); Hopeau (Dimitroff 45’), Olsen, Ramos (Parra 45’); Chenkam (Stevens 75’)

Three Highlights for the Monarchs:

  1. The Monarchs were able to bounce back from a tough loss in Colorado Springs to take the full three points on the road in Tukwila
  2. Nick Besler reinforced his strong leadership role on the Monarchs with a goal line save and a late goal.
  3. The Monarchs scored multiple goals for the fourth time this season and got their fourth win.


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