SANDY, UTAH – Seattle Sounders FC 2 (12-10-3, 39 points) fell 2-1 on the road to Real Monarchs SLC (4-13-8, 20 points) after conceding two first-half goals. Pablo Rossi scored his eighth tally of the season in the 72nd minute, but the Rave Green were unable to find the net again before fulltime.
The Monarchs opened scoring in the 22nd minute via Ricardo Velasco. Emery Welshman was put through on goal, but goalkeeper Charlie Lyon denied the initial effort. The rebound from Welshman’s shot fell to Velasco, who placed his shot into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the home side.
Following an S2 corner-kick in first-half added time, the Monarchs replied with a counterattack, as Eti Tavares beat the S2 backline at midfield and ran one-on-one toward goal with just Lyon to beat. Tavares made no mistake, beating Lyon to the keeper’s right to double his club’s lead before the halftime whistle.
Rossi scored his team-high eighth goal in the 72nd minute, picking up a deflected pass 30 yards from goal. Rossi picked his head up and took aim from distance, deflecting a shot off the left post to beat goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez.
S2 remains in the postseason hunt, trailing only LA Galaxy II and Oklahoma City Energy FC in the USL Western Conference. The Rave Green travel to Austin Aztex on Monday, September 5 for the third contest of a three-match road swing against the Texan side. Kickoff for S2’s next match is slated for 5:30 p.m. PT and is being live-streamed on SoundersFC.com
Seattle Sounders FC 2 |1-2| Real Monarchs SLC
Friday, August 28, 2015
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Referee: Adam Zirrin
Assistants: James Roy, Robert Pickett
Fourth Official: Paige Kulm
SLC – Ricardo Velasco 22’
SLC – Eti Tavares 45’+
SEA – Pablo Rossi 72’
SEA – Ashani Fairclough (caution) 42’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon, Ashani Fairclough, Damion Lowe, Nick Miele, Andres Correa Nick Hinds 46’), Lorenzo Ramos (Duncan McCormick 69’), Amadou Sanyang (Vic Mansaray 63’), Aaron Long, Sam Garza (John Magnus 77’), Sérgio Mota, Pablo Rossi
Substitutes not used: Daniel Faundez, Kasey French
Total shots: 6
Shots on goal: 1
Real Monarchs SLC – Lalo Fernandez, Boyd Okwuonu (Tyler Arnone 71’), Phanuel Kavita, Justin Glad, Jordan Murrell, Alec Sundly, Wellington Peckaert (Lucas Baldin 86’), Ricardo Velazco (Max Rauhofer 54’), Sebastian Saucedo, Eti Tavares (Maikon Orellana 68’), Emery Welshman (Adolfo Ovalle 84’)
Substitutes not used: Eric Osswald, Emilio Orozco
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 6