SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC close their successful regular season on Saturday night as they welcome LA Galaxy II to Rio Tinto Stadium for a 7 p.m. MT kickoff, looking to head to the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs with momentum.
Real Monarchs SLC news and notes
Current record: 19-5-7, 64pts
The Monarchs played to a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 last Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium to clinch the 2017 USL Regular Season Championship.
Sebastian Velasquez scored in the first half for the Monarchs goal to open the scoring, but an own goal by Real defender James Moberg and a red card given to Demar Phillips left the game level.
The Monarchs' Chandler Hoffman enters the final game of the regular season sitting on 16 goals, two back of current USL Golden Boot leader Dane Kelly of Reno 1868 FC.
The Monarchs' draw against Vancouver meant the side would be unable to equal the USL single-season record of 69 points and 21 wins set last year by the New York Red Bulls II.
Real is undefeated in its last four games, and will prepare to host the No. 8-seed – one of Tulsa Roughnecks FC, OKC Energy FC or Sacramento Republic FC – next Friday night in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Cup Playoffs.
LA Galaxy II news and notes
Current record: 8-18-5, 31pts
The Galaxy II come into this match following an impressive 3-2 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 in its final home game of the season last Saturday night at StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Los Dos came from behind to take the lead on goals by Ariel Lassiter, Jack McBean, but the side needed a late winner from Jeffrey Payeras to earn victory in stoppage time in front of a sellout crowd.
The victory ended a six-match winless run for Los Dos, who will miss the postseason for the first time in their history this season.
The Galaxy II's win against Portland also saw the debut of 15-year-old prodigy Efrain Alvarez, who recorded an assist as he became the youngest player to compete in the USL's history, surpassing the record held by former Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 standout Alphonso Davies.
Real Monarchs – GK: Connor Sparrow, Andrew Putna, David Ochoa; D: Reagan Dunk, Chris Schuler, James Moberg, Kyle Curinga, Max Lachowecki, Emilio Orozco, Taylor Peay, Riggs Lennon; M: Sebastian Saucedo, Jose Hernandez, Charlie Adams, Diego Calvo, Nick Besler, Sebastian Velasquez, Karsten Hanlin; F: Andrew Brody, Daniel Haber, Chase Minter, Chandler Hoffman, Juan Mare, Skyler Milne, Danny Cruz
Los Angeles – GK: Eric Lopez, Bennett Sneddon, Justin Vom Steeg; D: Hugo Arellano, Zico Bailey, Jake Arteaga, Jean Engola, Ian Lonergan, Jeffrey Payeras, Tyler Turner, Nathan Smith; M: Miguel Aguilar, Alejandro Covarrubias, Ryo Fujii, Jorge Hernandez, Jonathan Hernandez, Ulysses Llanez, Alex Mendez, Adrian Vera, Raul Mendiola, Jaime Villarreal; F: Efrain Alvarez, Justin Dhillon, Jonah Estrada, Ariel Lassiter, Jack McBean, Ethan Zubak
Real Monarchs – Suspended: Demar Phillips; Accumulation warning: Kyle Curinga, Michael Gallagher, Sebastian Velasquez
Los Angeles – None
REF: HAMED SADEGHI
AR1: TJ Zablocki
AR2: David Rozek
4TH: Kristi Mak
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