Monarchs GameDay: Looking for a win against the Switchbacks

April 11th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

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After opening the USL season with its first two games on the road, Real Monarchs SLC faced little turnaround time with back-to-back home games at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The Monarchs will look for their first win Saturday at 4:30 p.m. MT against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a fellow expansion club in the U.S. Soccer third division but one of the few in USL that does not have an MLS affiliate. MLS teams are required to affiliate with an existing USL club, or enter their own reserve squad into league competition this year — but that has made a few clubs unable to find partnerships with top-division soccer teams in North America.

Still, the Monarchs grinded out a 1-0 result over the Switchbacks in the preseason, one of three wins for the Salt Lake side and the only other USL club it faced in the preseason. Team captain Lucas Baldin is familiar with Colorado Springs, and knows how dangerous of a club it can be — but that won’t keep the Monarchs (0-1-2) from going after their first win in franchise history.

“We are super hungry,” Baldin said after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers 2. “I hope we can get a good result against Colorado. They’re a very good team; we played in preseason. They’re very physical, very touch, and I think it’s going to be a very good game.”

Justen Glad scored the first home goal in Monarchs history, opening his professional account less than six months after offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus. His glancing header from a Baldin free kick leveled the match at 1-1 in the 27th minute, and the Monarchs took control of the match from there — though they were unable to find the winner despite outshooting T2 8-2 in the second half.

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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