TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (1-0-0, 3 points) defeated Real Monarchs (0-1-0, 0 points) 4-0 at Starfire Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez recorded a brace with Dylan Teves and Samuel Adeniran adding goals as Tacoma kicked off its inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season.
In a match that featured eight Sounders FC First Team players, Ocampo-Chavez provided the first goal of the match in the 40th minute when Teves put a cross into the area for a deflected header off the goalkeeper’s glove and into the back of the net. It was the striker’s first goal for the club after going on loan to Austrian side Pinzgau Saalfelden last year.
Teves doubled the lead for the home side in the 49th minute after Reed Baker-Whiting maneuvered through the area and slid a ball to the University of Washington product, who was able to finish it from close range. Ocampo-Chavez completed his brace in the 86th minute, when Randy Mendoza sent a cross in from the left flank that found the head of the Merced, California native, who made the score 3-0. Adeniran, who led Defiance with 13 goals in 2021, finished off a one-on-one effort in the 92nd minute to cap off the 4-0. Goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland kept a clean sheet, making four saves throughout the match.
Wade Webber’s side stays at home next weekend as it hosts North Texas SC (1-0-0, 3 points) on Saturday, April 2 at Starfire Stadium (7:00 p.m. PT / mlsnextpro.com).
Tacoma Defiance 4 – Real Monarchs 0
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Adorae Monroy
Weather: 56 and partly cloudy
TAC – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Dylan Teves) 40’
TAC – Dylan Teves (Reed Baker-Whiting) 49’
TAC – Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Randy Mendoza) 86’
TAC – Sameul Adeniran 90+2’
RM – Christian Nydegger (caution) 31’
TAC – Sam Adeniran (caution) 54’
TAC – Josh Atencio (caution) 58’
TAC – Hal Uderitz (caution) 63’
RM – Pedro Fonseca (caution) 75’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Stefan Cleveland, Joe Hafferty, Hal Udertiz, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Randy Mendoza – captain, Josh Atencio (Marlon Vargas 60’), Danny Leyva, Sam Adeniran, Dylan Teves, Reed Baker-Whiting (Juan Alvarez 82’), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Valentin Sabella 88’)
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Wyatt Nelson, Travian Sousa, Eric Kinzner, Achille Robin, Snyder Brunell
Total shots: 16
Shots on goal: 9
Real Monarchs – Gavin Beavers, Marcus Vazquez (Luis Rivera 78’), Bobby Pierre, Jesse Lopez, Pierre Reedy, Christian Nydegger, Julio Benitez (Jude Wellings 67’), Pedro Fonseca, Terron Williams, John Imperato (Leo Torres 67’), Yekeson Subah (Izahi Amparo 81’)
Substitutes not used: Abokye Bikyeombe, Ethan Zamora
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 4