Saturday morning: What's in the news ...

1. The Real Monarchs stunned the top seed Phoenix Rising, 2-1, in the USL Championship's Western Conference semifinals. The Real Salt Lake second team advanced to the conference final for the first time on goals by midfielders Jack Blake and Maikel Chang late in the first half to erase the Rising's 1-0 lead. U.S. U-20 keeper David Ochoa held off a late flurry of corner kicks as Phoenix lost for the first time at home in 2019.

Awards: 2019 USL League One

2. Tuesday's LAFC-Seattle Sounders match for the Western Conference final averaged 272,000 fans on ESPN Deportes, making it the second most-viewed MLS match ever on the Spanish-language network after the Western Conference semifinal between LAFC and the LA Galaxy that averaged 375,000 viewers five days earlier. The five live ESPN Deportes playoff matches in 2019 have averaged 174,000 viewers, a 235 percent increase from 52,000 viewers for six matches in 2018.

3. Aubrey Bledsoe is the first Washington Spirit player to be named the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, beating out Casey Murphy (Reign FC) and Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC) for the 2019 award. She ranked first in the league with 86 saves and ranked second among all goalkeepers with nine shutouts, breaking her previous mark of four set in 2018.
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