Real Monarchs Win Third Straight, 2-0 Over Oklahoma City

Photo Rob GraySandy, Utah (Wednesday, September 2, 2015) – Real Monarchs SLC has shown promise all season long.  Of late, that promise has turned into results as the Monarchs have won three consecutive matches after their 2-0 win over Oklahoma City Energy FC in front of 2,230 in attendance at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Emery Welshman scored his sixth goal of the season in the first half, then Lucas Baldin added a second-half penalty as Lalo Fernandez recorded the shutout to lift the Monarchs to a third straight victory after previous wins over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Seattle Sounders FC 2 last week.

Photo Rob GrayAfter threatening to get on the board throughout the first half, he Monarchs finally broke through in the 36th minute when MF Emery Welshman pressed up the left side and got to the endline, slaloming in and out of Oklahoma City defenders before beating the goalkeeper between his legs for his sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

Photo Rob GrayReal Monarchs held an 8-4 shots advantage in the first half, keeping Oklahoma City without a first-half shot on goal.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Oklahoma City had a chance to equalize when Real Salt Lake on-loan midfielder John Stertzer was whistled for a foul in the box.  Danni Konig stepped to the penalty spot, but his shot missed high and the Monarchs held their 1-0 advantage.

In the 67th minute Kyle Greig got free at the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked off his foot by Fernandez and cleared from danger.

Photo Rob GrayThe Monarchs made OKC pay for those miscues in the 69th minute after Welshman drew a penalty.  Dribbling up the left side of the box, Welshman was brought down from behind and the referee pointed to the spot.  MF Lucas Baldin thumped his shot past the keeper and the Monarchs clung to that 2-0 lead the rest of the way for the third win in eight days.

Real Monarchs have two matches remaining on the calendar for 2015, both against Arizona United.  The first match will be in Arizona on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MT and the final match of the regular season will be on September 12 at Rio Tinto Stadium with kickoff at 4 p.m. MT.


Goals by Period                                1    2    F
Real Monarchs                                 1    1    2
Oklahoma City Energy FC               0    0    0

Scoring Summary:
SLC: Emery Welshman 36’
SLC: Lucas Baldin (PK) 69’

Misconduct Summary:
OKC: Gareth Evans (Yellow; Dissent) 43’
OKC: Michael Thomas (Yellow; Foul) 55’
OKC: Kyle Greig (Yellow; Foul) 64’
OKC: Daniel Gonzalez (Yellow; Foul) 82’


Real Monarchs SLC (4-2-3-1): Lalo Fernandez; Tyler Arnone, Phanuel Kavita, Emilio Orozco, Riley McGovern; John Stertzer, Pecka; Maikon Orellana (Eti Tavares 80’), Lucas Baldin (Alec Sundly 80’), Emery Welshman (Fito Ovalle 87’); Devon Sandoval (Max Rauhofer 81’).

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Osswald, Darion Copeland, Jordan Murrell.

Oklahoma City Energy FC (4-3-3): Evan Newton; Michael Thomas, Jacob VanCompernolle, Cyprian Hedrick, Christian Duke (Greg Mulamba 87’); Gareth Evans, Sebastian Dalgaard, Casey Townsend; Chuy Sanchez (Daniel Gonzalez), Danni Konig, Kyle Greig (Peabo Doue 81’).

Substitutes Not Used: Pete Toth, Michael Harris, Coady Andrews.

Monarchs – 2 wins in 48 hours!

Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – The Real Monarchs hit the pitch for the second time in three days with a similar result. This time the victim was the Seattle Sounders 2.

Ricardo Valazco

Ricardo Valazco

The match started out a bit quiet for both clubs, with Seattle showing a slight advantage in ball movement and passing accuracy. Real had some great moments early on, and although they looked a bit messy, they were able to have some great shots at the goal.

Ricardo Valazco

Ricardo Valazco

The intensity paid off in the 22nd minute when Welshman’s shot is deflected by Lyon and Ricardo Velazco is in the right place at the right time and takes his shot before Lyon can recover to put the Monarchs up 1-0.

Eti Tavares 1v1 with Charlie Lyon

Eti Tavares 1 v 1 with Charlie Lyon

Seattle continued to show great composure but that was not enough to get the equalizer before the half, and in the 2nd minute of stoppage time Eti Tavares finds himself with the ball in the middle of the field with no one but Lyon between him and then net. Tavares pulls Lyon off his line at just the last minute and finds the back of the net to make the score Real Monarchs 2 – SS2 1.

Play resumed with both teams still pushing for points.  Seattle continued to play well with some great shots on goal, and the constant movement led to their only goal of the night.  An unassisted shot by Pablo Rossi that really left Fernandez with no chance in the 72nd minute.

The Monarchs were able to hold on for their first back to back win.



Coach Freddy Juarez

Coach Freddy Juarez

Quotes from the Coach:

On the overall match

Good overall game, we can still sharpen up in the second half but I think we started up well had some pretty good possession at times, created some opportunities, and maybe a little bit of nerves from the guys, I thought there were times that we could be a little more aggressive getting to the goal, but it was a nice crowd for them so i think they started with a little bit of jitters. got over it in the second half, we defended a little bit more than we like, but created some good exciting chances for the fans, i think they leave home happy.


Goals by Period               1    2    F
Real Monarchs                  2     0     0
Seattle Sounders 2            0     1     0

Scoring Summary:
SLC– Ricardo Valazco – 22′
SLC– Eti Tavares – 45′
SEA – Pablo Rossi – 72’

Misconduct Summary:
SEA– Ashani Fairclough (foul) – 42’


Real Monarchs (3-13-8): Lalo Fernandez; Boyd Okwuonu (Tyler Arnone, 71’); Panuel Kavita; Alec Sundly; Eti Tavares (Maikon Orellana, 68’); Ricardo Valazco (C); Emery Welshman (Fito Ovalle, 84’); Jordan Murrell; Wellington Packaert (Lucas Baldin, 87’); Justen Glad; Sebastian Saucedo

Substitutes Not Used: Max Rauhofer; Victor Rodriguez; Emilio Orozco

Seattle Sounders 2 (12-9-3): Charlie Lyon; Andres Correa (Nicholas Hinds, 46’); Aaron Long; Amadou Sanyang (Victor Mansaray, 63’); Damion Lowe; Nick Miele; Lorenzo Ramos (Duncan McCormick, 68’); Pablo Rossi; Ashani Fairclough; Sam Garza (John Magnus, 77’); Sergio Mota Mello

Substitutes Not Used: Daniel Faundez; Kasey French

Next up for the Monarchs

Real Monarchs welcome the Oklahoma City Energy, Wednesday, September 9th to Rio Tinto Stadium.

Monarchs draw in match with Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Real Monarchs

Real Monarchs (photo: Rob Gray)

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, August 8, 2015) – Real Monarchs SLC drew 1-1 at home against the Tulsa Roughnecks in the clubs’ first-ever meeting at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night, as FW Emery Welshman provided his third goal of the season, on DF Jordan Murrell’s first career assist. Freddy Juarez’ team was unable to hold on to the early lead, however wasn’t enough as Roughnecks FW Sammy Ochoa battled back to earn the game-tying goal before halftime.

Real Monarchs

Real Monarchs (Photo Rob Gray)

Juarez rolled the exact same lineup as his July 11 squad that defeated Austin Aztex 3-1, while included on the bench was the club’s latest signing, MF Edgar Duran, another RSL-AZ Academy product. Also back for Juarez was FW Garrett Losee, earning a spot in the 18 after leading scorer Max Rauhofer was issued a 5-game suspension earlier this week.

Real Monarchs vs Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Real Monarchs (Photo Rob Gray)

In the first 30 minutes, the Monarchs controlled tempo and possession, while the visitors seemed content to sit back and wait for a breakaway. In the 13th minute, Monarchs’ DF Emilio Orozco switched the ball to the near side where DF Jordan Murrell brought it down nicely, slotting it through to FW Emery Welshman. The Guyanese international paused at the top of the penalty box, took his shot, and bent it around the keeper to put Monarchs up 1-0 early in the first half.

Only 14 minutes later, the Roughnecks equalized. Murrell was caught out of position when Tulsa earned a throw in, Mata taking it to the endline and crossed back toward the top of the box where FW Sammy Ochoa was unmarked. MF Lucas Baldin challenged him and DF Darion Copeland stepped up to make the block, but Ochoa’s shot was direct and beat GK Eric Osswald.

Real Monarchs vs Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Real Monarchs (Photo Rob Gray)

The final minutes of the first half saw Welshman nearly score again, with three more chances on goal. His closest chance came as a cross came through the entire Tulsa defensive line fell to the striker’s feet. His shot beat the keeper but was stopped on the line, keeping the score knotted 1-1 heading into half.

In the second half the visitors increased its intensity on the pitch, fighting for the ball and outshooting the Monarchs, 6-2, in the final 45 minutes, forcing 4 saves out of GK Osswald, enabling the home side to capture a point. Juarez elected to hold on to all of his substitutions until the final 10 minutes of the match: telling reporters post-game “I liked the performance from the players on the field. [The players] on the pitch all stepped up the intensity.”

Real was unable to earn all three points but did maintain its draw despite two corners in the final seconds and a plea from the Roughnecks for a penalty. Monarchs will head on the road next week facing Tulsa Roughnecks again on Thursday, August 13th and then a quick turnaround to face Oklahoma City Energy on Saturday, August 15th. The team will finish off its 3-game road trip at Sacramento Republic on Saturday, August 22nd before returning home to face Colorado Switchbacks on Wednesday, August 26th.


Goals by Period                   1          2          F
Real Monarchs                    1          0          1
Tulsa Roughnecks              1          0          1

Scoring Summary:            

SLC – Emery Welshman (Jordan Murrell) – 13’
TUL – Sammy Ochoa (Cristian Mata) – 27’            

Misconduct Summary:
SLC – Tyler Arnone – 54’
TUL – Sammy Ochoa – 67’
TUL – Daveron Iarfhlait – 91’

Lineups:Real Monarchs SLC (4-4-2): Eric Osswald (GK); Jordan Murrell, Emilio Orozco, Darion Copeland, Riley McGovern; Tyler Arnone (Lennon Celestino – 81’), Lucas Baldin (c) (Eti Tavares – 78’), Alec Sundly, Ricardo Velazco, Emery Welshman, Maikon Orellana (Garrett Losee – 85’)

Substitutes Not Used: Victor Rodriguez (GK), Marvin Baumgartner, Danilo Acosta, Edgar Duran

Tulsa Roughnecks (4-4-2): Jake Feener (GK) Steven Miller, Ryan Price, Kyle Venter, Daveron Iarfhlaith, Brady Ballew, Henri Manhebo, Chad Bond, Adam Black (Oscar Jimenez – 62’), Cristin Mata (Lucas Cordiero – 78’), Sammy Ochoa (Kyrian Nwabueze – 72’)

Substitutes Not Used: Mason Grimes, Ben Brewster, Laurie Bell

Monarchs fall to Blues for second time

Monarchs vs OC Blues

Monarchs vs OC Blues – Photo Bryan Byerly

SANDY, Utah – Orange County Blues FC rallied behind a pair of goals by Pavle Popara to take a 2-1 victory against Real Monarchs SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium. The win was the Blues second in a row against the Monarchs, after taking a 1-0 win on home turf last weekend.

Monarchs were unable to hold onto an early second-half lead following a Max Rauhofer penalty kick in the 59th minute, as a pair of Blues goals by Popara in the 63rd and 73rd minutes put the visitors in front.

Monarchs vs OC Blues - Photo Bryan Byerly

Monarchs vs OC Blues – Photo Bryan Byerly

Neither side threatened the goal in the first 45 minutes, as narrowly-missed passes and attack-denying tackles ruled the day. The game came to life in the second half for the crowd of 5,791 at Rio Tinto Stadium, as all three goals, seven yellow cards and three ejections occurred in the final stanza.

Monarchs forward Emery Welshman – he of the half-chances in and around the box – got around Blues defender Brenton Griffiths in the 57th minute and was taken down in the penalty area. Rauhofer converted from the penalty spot, to record his club-leading seventh goal of the season and give Real a 1-0 lead

Monarchs vs OC Blues - Photo Bryan Byerly

Monarchs vs OC Blues – Photo Bryan Byerly

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Blues turned up the pressure, causing Monarchs goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez to make two saves and then clear a ball off the line before Popara struck via a header for the first of his two goals in the 63rd minute. That goal came on a bizarre bounce that saw the ball ping around the penalty area, with the Blues being denied on several occasions before a looping bounce rewarded Popara.

Ten minutes later, Popara struck again for what proved to be the game-winner, blasting a rocket to the back of the net as the Monarchs defense invited the opportunity. The deficit injected energy to Freddy Juarez’s side, however, as the Monarchs pushed ahead, seeking the equalizer. First Rauhofer, then Welshman each saw excellent efforts denied by Blues goalkeeper Pepe Miranda. In the 85th minute Miranda came up huge again, denying substitute Maikon Orellana after a spectacular dummy by Rauhofer.

Monarchs vs OC Blues - Photo Bryan Byerly

Monarchs vs OC Blues – Photo Bryan Byerly

Midway through stoppage time, another Monarchs substitute, Lucas Baldin, struck a 22-yard free kick around the wall, but stood helplessly as the apparent equalizer caromed off the right post after the first-year player had Miranda leaning the wrong way.

The final moments of the match were marred by a scuffle between the teams, resulting in red cards for both Miranda and Rauhofer, as well as a second yellow card to Griffiths, forcing the teams to finish 10 v 9. Real Monarchs will return to Rio Tinto Stadium next Saturday, August 8, hosting the Tulsa Roughnecks at 7:30 p.m. MT. Orange County improves to 9-8-3 on the season, with 30 points. Real Monarchs fall to 2-11-6, with 12 points. The Blues return home to face Austin Aztex on Saturday, August 8th, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

Monarchs fall to OC Blues FC on the Road

Real Monarchs vs OC Blues FC Road Picture Slideshow

Real Monarchs vs OC Blues FC


Irvine, California (Saturday, July 25, 2015) – Real Monarchs SLC fell to the Orange County Blues 1-0 in its first match against the California club at Irvine’s Anteater Stadium on Saturday, finishing a light month that saw the Monarchs play just three league matches.

OC Blues started the match off quickly, forcing GK Eric Osswald to make his first of six saves on the night within the first minute of play.  The Monarchs fought hard, putting up two shots on goal in the first half but couldn’t find the back of the net. The best chance for Real in the first half came in the 17th minute when some combination play saw MF Ricardo Velazco drive the ball to the endline sending it across the face of a goal but just out of reach of FW Max Rauhofer who would have had a tap in.

Just before half the Blues struck first putting the home side up 1-0.

Orange County Blues FC

Orange County Blues FC

In the 43rd minute Chris Cortez took a shot from 12 yards out with a blast between the two central defenders. Osswald was up to the task on the first shot but could only parry the ball away to an unmarked Denzel Slager who easily found the back of the net, putting his side up 1-0 heading into halftime.

The final 45 minutes were all Real Monarchs who pressured with a high back line and outshot the Blues 13-5 – seven of which were on goal. The Monarchs best chance came in the 61st minute when Velazco and MF Alec Sundly had three shots between them that were all saved, including a diving stop from GK Pepe Miranda on the final shot sending it out for a corner.

Orange County Blues FC

Orange County Blues FC

The match ended in another barage of shots from the visitors but the Blues put 10 men behind the ball and held on to its lead keeping them in playoff contention while the Monarchs fell to 2-10-6 on the season.

Real Monarchs will return to Rio Tinto Stadium for a rematch against the Blues on August 1 at 7:30 p.m. MT. Tickets are available at


Goals by Period               1    2    F
OC Blues                            1     0     1
Real Monarchs                 0     0     0

Scoring Summary:
OCB – Denzel Slager – 43’

Misconduct Summary:
SLC – Lucas Baldin (foul) – 7’
OCB – Milton Blanco (foul) – 15’
OCB – Ryan Felix (foul) – 48’
OCB – Chistopher Santana (foul) – 72’
SLC – Emilio Orozco (reckless foul) – 76’
SLC – Freddy Juarez (dissent) – 87’

Lineups:Real Monarchs SLC (4-4-2): Eric Osswald (GK); Jordan Murrell (84’ – Darion Copeland), Phanuel Kavita, Emilio Orozco, Riley McGovern (74’ – Eti Tavares); Fito Ovalle (80’ – Tyler Arnone), Alec Sundly, Lucas Baldin (c) (74’ – Maikon Orellana), Ricardo Velazco; Emery Welshman, Max Rauhofer

Substitutes Not Used: Victor Rodriguez (GK), Marvin Baumgartner, Garrett Losee

OC Blues (4-4-1): Pepe Miranda (GK); Josh Suggs, Beto Navarro, Ryan Felix, Milton Blanco; Luka Petricevic (87’ – Jacob Barron), Nikola Illich (72’ – Jack McCraken), Didier Crettenand (57’ – Chino Santana), Pavola Popara; Chris Cortez (64’ – Chris Ramirez), Denzel Slager (91’ – Tyler Feeley)

Substitutes Not Used: Billy Thompson (GK), Nikola Paunic