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Matchday Preview: Real Monarchs SLC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC

By Staff, 10/26/21, 9:12AM EDT


Toros look to move into Mountain Division playoff positions after big weekend victory

Rio Grande Valley FC took victory when it last visited Real Monarchs SLC on August 4, with a repeat performance on Wednesday it would move into the Mountain Division's playoff positions. | Photo courtesy Real Monarchs SLC

HERRIMAN, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC play host to Rio Grande Valley FC on Wednesday night at Zions Bank Stadium with the Toros aiming to build on a key weekend victory that put the side in range of moving into the playoff places in the USL Championship’s Mountain Division against a Monarchs side that is undefeated in its last three outings as it nears the end of its campaign. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.

@RealMonarchs (5-18-7, 22pts) played to a 1-1 draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium as a valiant performance came up just short as the visitors equalized deep in second-half stoppage time. Goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup recorded nine saves – including a penalty kick denial of Championship Golden Boot leader Hadji Barry in the first half – while Kyle Adams found the net early in the second half as the hosts battled despite playing down a man for more than 75 minutes after Julio Benitez was sent off in the 13 minutes. Benitez will serve a one-game suspension on Wednesday as a result as the Monarchs try to make it four games undefeated in their home finale this regular season.

@RGVFC (11-11-8, 41pts) jumped up into the playoff race once again on Saturday night after a 2-0 win against New Mexico United that saw Christian Sorto notch two assists on goals by Rodrigo Lopez and Kyle Edwards. The Toros moved within two points of New Mexico for the fourth and final playoff place in the Mountain Division with a game in hand, and with a win against the Monarchs they would move into fourth place going to the final game of the regular season. RGVFC is winless in its last seven road games, going 0-4-3 in that span, with its last road victory coming against the Monarchs on August 4. A repeat of that performance would send RGVFC home for its regular season finale against El Paso Locomotive FC still in control of its path to the playoffs, but a draw would hand it back to United. Match Predictor: Real Monarchs SLC 20%, Rio Grande Valley FC 53%, Draw 26%

Most Recent Lineups

Real Monarchs SLC (4-2-3-1): Jeff Dewsnup; Bode Davis, Jaziel Orozco, Kyle Adams, Kevin Saucedo; Julio Benitez, Bret Halsey; Leo Torres, Max Mata, Malik Johnson; Milan Iloski

Rio Grande Valley FC (3-5-2): Tyler Deric; Carter Manley, Erik Pimentel, Baboucarr Nije; Roberto Albuquerque, Rodrigo Lopez, Emilio Ycaza, Andres Flores, Christian Sorto; Kyle Edwards, Jonas Fjeldberg


Real Monarchs SLC – Suspended: Julio Benitez; Caution Accumulation Warning: Jaziel Orozco, Kevin Saucedo

Rio Grande Valley FC – None

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