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USL Preview: Real Monarchs SLC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 08/07/16, 9:02AM EDT

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Rocky Mountain rivalry get set for national stage as USL Game of the Week on ESPN3


Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC plays host to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3 on Monday night at Rio Tinto Stadium with the Switchbacks looking to close in on top spot in the Western Conference standings. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.

Matchcenter: http://www.uslsoccer.com/game/show/13218274

Real Monarchs SLC news and notes

  • Current record: 6-11-4, 22pts
  • The Monarchs have dropped back in the race for the USL Playoffs after back-to-back defeats saw them slide to 13th place in the Western Conference.
  • Real suffered a 4-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC 2 last Monday night, as an early goal by Andrew Brody was overturned by three second-half goals for S2.
  • The Monarchs have now lost four of their last five games, with the only win in that span a 3-2 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on July 6.
  • Monarchs goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez is third in the USL with 65 saves this season.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC news and notes

  • Current record: 9-6-6, 33pts
  • The Switchbacks were held to a second consecutive 1-1 draw in their last outing on Wednesday night against the Portland Timbers 2.
  • Miguel Gonzalez scored his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring, but Rennico Clarke’s equalizer saw the points shared at Merlo Field.
  • The Switchbacks would move into second place in the Western Conference standings with a victory on Monday, as each of the three teams above them failed to take victory over the weekend.
  • Goalkeeperd Devala Gorrick sits second in the USL in both goals-against average (0.77) and save percentage (.794).

2016 Team leaders

  • Goals: Real Monarchs – Ricardo Velazco, 7; Colorado Springs – Martin Maybin, 6
  • Assists: Real Monarchs – Ricardo Velazco, 5; Colorado Springs – Mike Seth, 5

Series Notes

  • The two teams have split their first two meetings this season, with each taking a 1-0 victory in games played at Switchbacks Stadium.

Officials

  • REF: Victor Rivas
  • AR1: Brad Jensen
  • AR2: Daniel Spicer-Escalante
  • 4TH: Hensen Keetch

Game hashtag:

  • #SLCvCOS

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