Monarchs GameDay: L.A. II comes to SLC

April 25th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Every time Real Salt Lake and the L.A. Galaxy play, fireworks happen — usually on the field, but sometimes off it.

One of the top rivalries in the Western Conference — born out of high-profile games rather than geographic proximity or supporter’s trophies — has heated up in recent years as the two meet in big games.

The rivalry could translate well to the teams’ third-division affiliates.

Real Monarchs SLC will host L.A. Galaxy II, with both teams looking for momentum in USL Western Conference play.

The Monarchs (0-3-2) are still looking for their first win, and coming off a 5-2 loss at Colorado Springs that saw the visiting side pull within a goal with less than 10 minutes late — only to concede two stoppage time blasts for the Switchbacks to pull away.

But Los Dos (1-3-1) isn’t faring much better in its second season of USL play, and a boost from a win on the road could be what the Galaxy need to right the ship.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 8 p.m., and will be broadcast over-the-air on KMYU, as well as streamed right here on Salt City FC. You can also listen to the match on ESPN 700 radio and 102.3 FM.

Here are a few storylines to follow for the match.

Orellano available for Monarchs.

Provo native Maikon Orellano has been cleared to play for the Monarchs for the first time this season after bouncing around with Denmark’s Brondby, Sweden’s Jonkoping, and Alianza in El Salvador. The 22-year-old product of RSL’s Arizona academy, who played for Monarchs coach Freddy Juarez in his youth days,  is the USL affiliate’s second Utah signing — forward/midfielder Garrett Losee, a former BYU Soccer standout, became the first — and joins Utah natives Phanuel Kavita, Fito Ovalle, and Sebastian Saucedo, who each signed with the RSL first team and have seen time on loan to the Monarchs.

“Mikey” has played with the El Salvador U-18 national team, including at the U-18 World Cup as a native of Chalatenango, El Salvador before his family moved to Provo when the youngster was eight years old.

Orellano will wear No. 28 for the Monarchs.

Emery Welshman could be ready to go.

The much-anticipated debut of former Toronto FC draft pick Emery Welshman could come as soon as Saturday, as the Monarchs forward works his way back from an injury suffered while playing with the Guyanese national team in the opening week of the USL season.

Welshman, who scored a goal for RSL in the preseason at the Desert Diamond Cup to help secure his spot in the organization, missed the first five games of SLC’s season — two for international duty and three for the ensuing injury.

Rauhofer can deliver.

In his debut with the Monarchs, and with no practice time at his new club, Uruguayan forward Max Rauhofer struck for the Monarchs’ second goal in the 5-2 loss at Colorado Springs. Clearly, the 24-year-old striker can score — and the true No. 9 could be a key missing cog in the young team’s attack that will help them find consistency in the offensive third. Expect “El Tanque” to feature into the Starting XI for the Monarchs, as he did against Switchbacks FC.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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