Monarchs’ Open Cup journey ends with home loss to Switchbacks

May 27th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

It took just five minutes for Colorado Springs’ Aaron King to bring Real Monarchs back down to earth after a second-round U.S. Open Cup victory.

The Switchbacks FC striker pulled down a cross in the fifth minute from teammate Josh Phillips, and slotted it over Monarchs goalkeeper Eric Osswald to help Colorado Springs hold off the Salt Lake side, 1-0 on Wednesday night in a weather-delayed contest.

Max Rauhofer nearly leveled the match in second-half stoppage time, smashing a ball from near the six-yard box that clanged off the underneath side of the crossbar before Colorado Springs cleared it out.

King’s goal was the Switchbacks’ only shot on goal of the first half, one of only three shots in the period, as the Monarchs applied pressure for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes. Ricardo Velazco put up four shots in the first half, including three on goal, and Emery Welshman nearly scored midway through the period.

But the Monarchs would take a 1-0 deficit into the halftime locker room, and the break was made longer by a one-hour lightning delay around Rio Tinto Stadium as a severe thunderstorm battered the Wasatch Front.

Real Monarchs return to USL play Saturday against Sacramento Republic FC at Bonney Field. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. MT.

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 KSL.com. 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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