SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC’s winless run came to an end on Saturday evening, as the Western Conference leader topped Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Chandler Hoffman scored the game’s opening goal, redirecting a Taylor Peay header on frame past Switchbacks goalkeeper Moise Pouaty in the second minute of play. Defender James Moberg netted the second goal 12 minutes later, heading in a cross from Charlie Adams. The momentum shifted in the 71st minute, as Monarchs midfielder Chase Minter was shown a second yellow card and subsequent red card. Moments later, the Switchbacks were awarded a penalty, but Connor Sparrow came up with a massive save to keep the shutout intact. With the win, the Monarchs improve to 16-3-3 this season, while Colorado Springs moves to 9-9-6.
2’ – SLC – Chandler Hoffman (Taylor Peay)
14’ – SLC – James Moberg (Charlie Adams)
Three Things That Matter:
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
James Moberg, Real Monarchs SLC – The defender played an important role in helping the club secure a shutout, making seven clearances and two interceptions. He also scored the second goal of the game.
Real Monarchs SLC at Swope Park Rangers – Aug. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET, Children’s Mercy Victory Field
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. LA Galaxy II – Aug. 18, 9 p.m. ET, Weidner Field