SAN JOSE, California (Sunday, July 31, 2022) – Real Monarchs (2-13-2, 8 points) saw its three-game unbeaten streak snapped as the Club fell 3-1 on the road to San Jose Earthquakes II. 

In its first match since the MLS NEXT Pro Invitational, Real Monarchs battled with San Jose Earthquakes II, trading possession back and forth early in the first half. In the 22nd minute, the Monarchs found their breakthrough goal when midfielder Tyrone Mondi was fouled inside the box by Ochoa, setting up a penalty kick for midfielder Pedro Fonseca. Fonseca buried the shot from the spot into the bottom-left corner to open the scoring for the away side. However, Earthquakes II were able to equalize in the 34th minute when midfielder Niko Tsakiris dribbled through the center of the box, splitting between a couple Monarchs defenders and firing a shot past goalkeeper Tomas Gomez and into the bottom-left corner to level the score heading into the halftime break. 

Coming out of the halftime break, San Jose jumped out onto the front foot, scoring in the 55th minute with Rodolfo Castro squeezing a shot between multiple Monarchs defenders and inside the left post to take a 2-1 lead. Castro secured the brace in the 75th minute when he curled a free kick from just outside the box into the top right corner pushing the lead to 3-1. As the match came to a close, Real Monarchs looked to make a late-game push firing multiple shots at San Jose’s net. With numbers forward and Ochoa pulled off his line, Mondi chipped the ball to Kei whose volley was headed off the goal line by an Earthquakes II defender in the final minutes of the match, giving Earthquakes II the 3-1 victory. 

UP NEXT: Real Monarchs will return to Zions Bank Stadium on Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. MT to host Whitecaps FC 2 for the second time this season. The match will serve as the Club’s annual Pups at the Pitch Night. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. MT with tickets available for purchase at www.rsl.com/monarchs/tickets/.

GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:

RM: Pedro Fonseca (PK) 22nd Minute: After a hard foul on midfielder Tyrone Mondi set up a penalty kick for Real Monarchs, Fonseca lined up and slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner. 

SJII: Niko Tsakiris (Nathan Scott) 34th Minute: After receiving a ball from Nathan Scott, Tsakiris dribbled through multiple Monarchs defenders before squeezing his shot past Gomez and into the bottom-left corner. 

SJII: Rodolfo Castro (William Richmond) 55th minute: Richmond found Castro at the top of the box who fired a right-footed bullet with his first touch into the bottom-left corner.

SJII: Rodolfo Castro 75th minute: On a free kick just outside the box, Castro fired a curling shot between Gomez and the right post and into the top-right corner.

NOTES: 

-RSL Homegrown Gavin Beavers was unavailable for tonight’s match while he was with the U.S. U-19 Youth National Team in Carson, California

-RSL Homegrown Zack Farnsworth made his regular-season MLS NEXT Pro debut as a second-half substitute. 

Match: Real Monarchs vs San Jose Earthquakes II

Date: July 31, 2022 

Venue: PayPal Park 

Weather: Overcast and 73

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F 

Real Monarchs        1 0 1 

San Jose Earthquakes II 1 2 3 

RM: Pedro Fonseca (PK) 22’

SJII: Niko Tsakiris (Nathan Scott) 34’

SJII: Rodolfo Castro (Will Richmond) 55’

SJII: Rodolfo Castro 75’

Lineups: 

Real Monarchs (4-4-2): Tomas Gomez, Erik Holt (Zack Farnsworth 46’), Jaziel Orozco, Golden Mafwenta (Abokye Bikyeombe 46’), Aziz Kayondo (Bret Halsey, 59’), Bode Hidalgo, Pedro Fonseca, Tyrone Mondi, Diego Luna (Benjamin Rodriguez, 72’), Rubio Rubin (Terron Williams, 72’), Axel Kei 

Subs not used: Will Mackay, Jude Wellings, Pierre Reedy

San Jose Earthquakes II (4-3-3): Emmanuel Ochoa, Omar Lemus, Erick Reyes Alvardo, Casey Walls (Alejandro Cano 72’), Israel Carrillo, Nathan Scott, Jerry Ayon (Cruz Medina, 72’), Niko Tsarkis (Eduardo Blancas Maravilla, 59’), Will Richmond, Siad Haji (Maximilian Arfsten 46’), Rodolfo Castro Jr. (George Asoamani 79’)

Subs not used: Ethan Kohler, Eric De La Cerda

Stats Summary: RM/ SJ

Shots: 11/21

Shots on goal: 5/6

Saves: 3/4

Corner Kicks: 2/9

Fouls: 6/11

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY: 

SJII: Israel Carrillo (caution) 45’

RM: Aziz Kayondo (caution) 45+2’

RM: Zack Farnsworth (caution) 74’

OFFICIALS

Referee: Christopher Calderon

Assistant Referees: Peter Hanson, Alberto Azpeitia-Palomino

4th Official: Robert Vincze