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USL Preview: Real Monarchs SLC vs. Portland Timbers 2

By Staff, 08/16/16, 9:08AM EDT


Both teams look to build on weekend victories in pursuit of playoff berth

Photo courtesy Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Timbers 2

SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC and the Portland Timbers 2 will both look to build on victories this past weekend in a key game in the Western Conference playoff race for both teams at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT.


Real Monarchs SLC news and notes

  • Current record: 7-11-5, 26pts
  • The Monarchs gave their playoff hopes a jump-start on Saturday night as they took a 1-0 victory against the Swope Park Rangers on home turf.
  • Real got an early goal from Emilio Orozco against the Rangers, and then held firm defensively as Lalo Fernandez recorded nine saves in the shutout.
  • Fernandez has now recorded back-to-back shutouts, and sits third in the USL with 77 saves in 21 appearances this season.
  • The Monarchs are four points back of eighth-place Arizona United SC with seven games remaining in their season entering Wednesday night’s games.

Portland Timbers 2 news and notes

  • Current record: 7-11-4, 25pts
  • Portland continued its late attempt to make a run at the playoffs on Sunday with a 2-1 victory against Orange County Blues FC.
  • Steven Taylor and USL 20 Under 20 selection Victor Arboleda scored two goals three minutes apart to give T2 its second consecutive win.
  • Villyan Bijev recorded an assist for the third consecutive game against Orange County, and now leads the team with five this season.
  • Wednesday night’s game opens a three-game road trip for T2, with only two of its remaining eight games set to be played at home.

2016 Team leaders

  • Goals: Real Monarchs – Ricardo Velazco, 7; Portland – Neco Brett, 5
  • Assists: Real Monarchs – Ricardo Velazco, 5; Portland – Villyan Bijev, 5

Series Notes

  • Portland took a 3-1 victory against the Monarchs at Providence Park in the first meeting between the teams this season on May 7.


  • REF: Brad Jensen
  • AR1: Jacob Herold
  • AR2: Kali Smith
  • 4TH: Kristi Mak

Game hashtag:

  • #SLCvPOR

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