USL Rewind: Real Monarchs own new win record

They were made to work hard for it by expansion team Reno 1868, but the USL record for consecutive wins belongs to Real Monarchs SLC.

Andrew Brody and Taylor Peay scored the goals from Sebastian Velasquez assists and the Monarchs survived a last-minute assault led by the opposing goalkeeper to post the historic 2-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. The previous record of eight was set by Orlando City in 2014, its last USL season prior to a move into MLS.

After Brody’s goal opened the scoring, Antoine Hoppenot replied with a sharp low finish to tie the game, 1-1. Real regained the lead just before halftime with Peay’s powerful header from a Velasquez corner kick.

A pair of sharp saves by Lalo Fernandez kept Real in front but twice in stoppage time he was nearly beaten by counterpart Andrew Tarbell, who on Wednesday had helped parent club San Jose defeat San Francisco Deltas of the NASL, 2-0, in the U.S. Open Cup. A ball bounced to Tarbell during a scramble and he blasted it off the crossbar, and in the final seconds an offside call nullified his goal from a long throw-in.

Real’s remarkable run has swept it to the top of the Western Conference with a record of 12-1-0 (36 points). The defeat ended a seven-game unbeaten streak for Reno 1868, yet the expansion team is 5-4-3 (18 points) and a solid playoff prospect in fifth place.

USL 2017:
Scoreboard | Standings
SAN ANTONIO STAYS CLOSE. Right on the heels of the Monarchs is San Antonio FC, the league’s only unbeaten team (10-0-4, 34 points), the last team to beat Reno 1868 on April 15, and a 3-1 winner over Tulsa Roughnecks in front of 7,376 fans at Toyota Field.

Despite its record, SAFC had been struggling offensively, with just three goals in its previous six games. But it got off the mark quickly and took a 2-0 halftime lead on a pair of goals by Kris Tyrpak and tacked on a third by Devin Vega. Tyrpak poked home his first goal while falling to the ground under a challenge and after an equalizer by Joaquin Rivas, volleyed a flicked header from Aly Hassan inside the post for the winner.

The goal by Rivas snapped an impressive shutout streak compiled by SAFC. It had not conceded a goal in 672 minutes. The league record of 758 minutes was set by Rio Grande Valley FC last year.

Vega secured the victory by pushing the ball at the Tulsa defense and firing home his second goal of the season after the ball had deflected to him off a defender.

Tulsa has lost four of its last five games and is 11th in the Western Conference at 5-7-0 (15 points). It and Real Monarchs SLC are the only teams that haven’t tied a game this year.

CINCINNATI LEADS A WAVE OF BIG CROWDS. Paced by another big crowd (21,074) to see FC Cincinnati, which played a thrilling 2-2 tie with Charleston, the USL drew more than 70,000 fans for its 12 league games last weekend.

Three days after drawing 30,160 fans for a 1-0 defeat of Columbus in the U.S. Open Cup, FC Cincinnati needed a sensational strike from Andrew Weideman in the 80th minute to get the point. Cincy had squandered a 1-0 lead provided in the fourth minute when Harrison Delbridge squared a free kick from Aodhan Quinn and Djiby Fall tallied his seventh goal of the season.

The Battery needed nearly an hour of play to reply, but the Eastern-Conference leader struck twice in seven minutes to grab the lead. Romario Williams tucked home a low feed from Ricky Garbanzo to tie it, and then Forrest Lasso cashed in a long throw-in from O’Brian Woodbine that had been flicked on by Neveal Hackshaw.
Charleston (8-2-4, 28 points) leads the Eastern Conference by three points but has played two more games than second-place Louisville City FC (7-1-4, 25 points), which beat Pittsburgh, 3-0, for its fourth win in the last five games. FC Cincinnati is seventh at 4-5-5 (17 points).

Other big crowds were posted by Sacramento Republic (11,569), Louisville City (8,700), and Rio Grande Valley (8,656).

USL Leading Scorers:
12 Dane Kelly (Reno)
11 Romario Williams (Charleston)
8 Chandler Hoffman (Real Monarchs)
7 Brandon Allen (NY Red Bulls II)
7 Seku Conneh (Bethlehem Steel)
7 Djiby Fall (FC Cincinnati)
6 Georgi Hristov (Tampa Bay)
6 Corey Hertzog (Pittsburgh)
6 Billy Forbes (San Antonio FC)
6 Sebastian Velasquez (Real Monarchs)
1 comment about "USL Rewind: Real Monarchs own new win record".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, June 20, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.

    Considering how bad the first team is playing at RSL maybe some of these guys should be playing.

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