Despite a 10 day layoff the Real Monarchs came out ready to play and seized control of play from the opening whistle. Demonstrating the fluidity and awareness that has marked the best of the performances this year, the Monarchs moved the ball freely in the Galaxy side of the field that showed their youth.
Against the run of play, the Galaxy had their only real chance of the game when Jorge Hernandez hit a nice volley which went off the cross post in the 22’.
Sebastian Valezquez was taken down in the box shortly after in the 24’ and wrong footed Jon Kempin to convert the penalty kick to give the Monarchs an 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until half, but the Monarchs left the pitch with 18 touches inside the Galaxy II box (the same as in their own box) while limiting Los Dos to just 3.
The Monarchs nearly scored in the first 15 seconds of the second half and continued to show consisting attacking ability. Charlie Adams connected on a nice strike for their second goal in the 64’ to end a short period of attack by Los Dos.
The Monarchs final goal followed in stoppage time as late substitute Karstin Hanlin led a breakaway against a Galaxy squad which had been reduced to 10 men and was showing numerous signs of frustration and pique.
Overall the Monarchs provided ample evidence of why they continue to have the second best record in the league at 6-1-0 for 18 points. Galaxy II fell to their fifth loss in the young 2017 season and continue a 6 match winless streak which is the longest in team history.
24’ – SLC – Sebastian Velasquez (penalty)
65’ – SLC – Charlie Adams (Andrew Brody)
90’+3 – SLC – Karsten Hanlin (Sebastian Velasquez)
Fujii – GAL – 7’
Galagher – SLC – 13’
Zubak – GAL – 61’, 76’
Hernandez – GAL – 73’
Real Monarchs SLC: (4-2-3-1) Sparrow; Lachowecki, Gallagher, Moberg, Curinga; Besler, Adams (Hanlin 84’); Haber (Ocran 88’), Velasquez, Brody; Hoffman (Desire 73’)
LA Galazy 2: (4-2-3-1) Kempin; Lonegran, Arellano, Engola, Juarez; Fujii (Hernandez 72’), Zanga (Arteaga 56’); Vera, Hernandez (Dhillon 77’), Mendiola, Zubak
Three Highlights for the Monarchs:
- The Monarchs put together a complete game controlling the pace and location of play despite having only 47.4 percent of the possession .
- DU alum Karstin Hanlin made his first appearance for the Monarchs and scored in stoppage time.
- The Monarchs kept a clean sheet and raised their goal differential to +10.
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