Head Coach Mark Briggs had two guest players from RSL in his pool for this match and both received starts with Chris Schuler joining Tayor Peay at center back and Jose Hernandez filling in for Sebastian Valesquez who did not make the 18.
The Roughnecks came out ready to play in front of their home fans and made several dangerous pushes forward during the opening minutes but the Monarchs nearly took the lead in the 14’ as a Charlie Adams cross found Chandler Hoffman who forced a suberb save from Fabian Cerda. Lalo Fernandez responded in kind for the Monarchs a few minutes later and the first half continued in much the same matter.
After going into the clubhouse tied at zero the Roughnecks once again came out and seized control of play. Joey Calistri, a loanee from the Chicago Fire, pounced on a loose ball in the box only two minutes in the 2nd half and pushed it past a disorganized defense to Joaquin Rivas who gave the Roughnecks a 1-0 lead.
While the Monarchs continued to find chances none mounted to much and it was Ian Svantesson who flicked a ball home off a Juan Pablo Caffa free kick for the only other goal in the 79’
The Monarchs should be happy to have the next two games of this busy stretch on three games in eight days at the friendly confines of Rio Tinto where there can hopeful find their temporarily misplaced offensive mojo.
As Coach Briggs said in his tweet following the game:
47’ – TUL – Joaquin Rivas (Joey Calistri)
79’ – TUL – Ian Svantesson (Juan Pablo Caffa)
17’ – SLC – Kyle Curinga
22’ – SLC – Jose Hernandez
81’– SLC – Max Lachowecki
90+2’– TUL – Fabian Cerda
90+3’– TUL – Jaime Ayala
Real Monarchs SLC: (4-2-3-1) Fernandez; Curinga, Schuler (Gallagher 45’), Peay,
Lachowecki; Adams (Hanlin 72’), Besler; Brody, Hernandez (Desire 65’), Haber; Hoffman
Tulsa Roughnecks FC: (4-2-3-1) Cerda; Kimura, Bourgeois, Jadama, Corrales; Fernandez (Gray 72’), Hayes; Rivas (Gee , Caffa, Calistri (Ballew 87’); Svantesson (Ayala 81’)
Three Highlights for the Monarchs:
- Despite having a poor night offensively the Monarchs were able to hold 52% of the possession on the road.
- Charlie Adams returned to the field after missing several matches due to injury (only to leave the match with what appeared to be another).
- Karsten Hanlin and Jonel Desiree were able to get a good shift on the field (18 and 25 minutes respectively).
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