Real Monarchs will have a significant impact on Real Salt Lake’s lineup and bench tonight in their US Open Cup bout against Sacramento Republic, with eight players called up from RSL’s second side.
Here’s what you need to know about RSL’s eight call-ups.
Connor Sparrow, GK: Imposing, good shot-stopper, 84 percent save rate — and maybe the next Nick Rimando, given he’s saved two penalties in just five games.
Max Lachowecki, left back: Fast, smart left back — he’s also played 90 minutes in every Real Monarchs match this season.
Kyle Curinga, right back: The rare defender who’s fouled more often than he fouls (15 to 14); played second-tier Finnish football before returning to the states
Michael Gallagher, center back: Strong passer inside his own half, with 92 percent accuracy; wins 65 percent of his aerial duels; played 24 matches with Timbers 2 last year
James Moberg, center back: One of the biggest surprises of Real Monarchs’ season; played nearly every minute of every match; scored twice this year; former Vancouver Whitecaps draft pick
Nick Besler, central midfielder: Has a brother; played 50 matches for T2; an ever-present like Lachowecki; completed 80.4 percent of his passes; fifth overall pick in 2015 MLS Draft
Andrew Brody, winger: RSL Academy grad; smart winger, sends in an excellent cross
Daniel Haber, winger/forward: More pro experience than most on the team, given he played in Israel and Cyprus; Canadian, good nose for goal