Real Monarchs SLC's Sam Brown and the LA Galaxy II's Daniel Aguirre will look to help their sides control the middle of the park when they meet on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium.
HERRIMAN, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC will play host to the LA Galaxy II on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium for its home opener with both sides looking to improve on draws in their most recent outings. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
@RealMonarchs (0-0-1, 1pt) rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit in its opening game of the season at San Antonio FC as it took advantage of a first-half red card that reduced the hosts to 10 men in a 2-2 draw at Toyota Field. Newcomer Ibrahim Bancé shone the brightest for the Monarchs, and his performance earned a place on the Championship’s Team of the Week announced on Tuesday. Real’s main focus for Friday night – and this season overall – will be returning Zions Bank Stadium to the fortress it had become since its opening in 2018. Real went 23-4-6 in its first two seasons at its home venue before slumping to a 2-8-1 record in 2020, a major reason for its absence from last year’s postseason.
The @LAGalaxyII (1-1-1, 4pts) head for their first road game of the season on Friday night after coming close to picking up back-to-back wins in Week 3. Los Dos romped to a midweek 5-0 win against Las Vegas Lights FC before a late penalty kick by the Tacoma Defiance saw LA’s Sunday afternoon contest end in a 1-1 draw. The Galaxy II have taken only one win in five prior visit to Utah, although the overall series between the clubs has been well fought with each team taking four wins in 10 overall meetings. Los Dos will be hoping its attacking potential – which has registered 4.60 Expected Goals in its opening three outings – can make the difference this time around.
FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: Real Monarchs SLC 49%, Real Monarchs SLC 25%, Draw 26%
Real Monarchs SLC – Suspended: Chris Garcia
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