USL MATCH RECAP | Real Monarchs SLC: 5, Portland Timbers 2: 1

HERRIMAN, Utah – In Week 28 of the USL Championship season, T2 fell 5-1 to Real Monarchs SLC at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Key plays
Real Monarchs SLC (11-9-7, 40pts) took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute after Kendall McIntosh made an initial save on an initial shot by a Monarchs attacker, but the rebound fell to Douglas Martínez, who scored at the far post.

Portland leveled the match two minutes later in the 24th minute when Brayan Hurtado beat his marker to the end line, forcing a diving save from Monarchs goalkeeper Andrew Putna. The ensuing rebound fell to Gio Calixtro, whose shot from inside the six-yard box was finished at the near post. The goal marked Calixtro’s fourth of the USL Championship campaign.

Monarchs SLC gained a 2-1 advantage in the 38th minute when Martínez received a cross and headed it into the back of the net.

Looking for an equalizer, Ryan Sierakowski’s left-footed shot from the edge of the box forced Putna into a save at the near post in the 46th minute. In the 60th minute, Carlos Anguiano’s shot from outside the box was parried aside by Putna

Real Monarchs added a third goal in the 64th minute when McIntosh made an initial save on a shot from outside the box, but Martínez tapped in the rebound. Martínez added a fourth goal when he was released in behind the Portland defense and finished past McIntosh to make it 4-1. Monarchs SLC midfielder Kyle Coffee scored in the 83rd minute to give his side a 5-1 advantage.

Next game
Next up, T2 play host to the Tacoma Defiance at Providence Park on Friday, Sept. 20. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), the match against Tacoma will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
General thoughts on the match…
“It was a difficult game. They’re a very good team with a lot of experience and they played very well. For us to be competitive in that, we knew that we needed to be at our best and unfortunately we weren’t. We showed character to come back pretty quickly from the first goal. I think the way we started the second half was largely positive, but things unraveled pretty quickly from there.”

On the focus for the group with six games remaining in the regular season...
“We have to take it one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ll reflect on this performance and prepare the team to play the next game.”

T2 (9-11-8, 35pts) vs. Real Monarchs SLC (11-9-7, 40pts) 
Sept. 14, 2019 – Zions Bank Stadium (Herriman, Utah)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
T2                                 1          0          1
Real Monarchs SLC       2          3          5         

Scoring Summary:
SLC: Martínez, 22
POR: Calixtro, 24
SLC: Martínez (Mulholland), 38
SLC: Martínez, 66
SLC: Martínez, (Holt), 70
SLC: Coffee, 83  

Misconduct Summary:
POR: Calixtro (caution), 41
POR: Sierakowski (caution), 44
POR: Wharton (caution), 80
SLC: Saucedo (caution), 80
SLC: Moberg (caution), 87

POR: GK McIntosh, D Hanson (Kiner, 72), D Diz Pe, D Ornstil, D Smith, M Sierakowski, M Wharton ©, M Anguiano, M Hurtado (Ojeda, 45), F Calixtro (Kobayashi, 74), F Langsdorf

Substitutes Not Used: GK Leeker, D Sanchez

TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Wharton, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 11 (Sierakowski, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 8

SLC: GK Putna, D Moberg, D Holt, D Ryden, D Schmitt, M Mulholland, M Portillo, M Chang (Coffee, 75), M Blake (Calix, 76), M Saucedo (Palma, 83), F Martínez

Substitutes Not Used: GK Finney, D Powder, M Plewa, M Brown

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Blake, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 13 (Martínez, 5); FOULS: 10 (Moberg, 3); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3

Referee: Brad Jensen
Assistant Referees: Francisco Bermudez, Justin Fillmore
4th Official: Scott Jones
Attendance: 2,128
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial