Monarchs open inaugural Open Cup match in NYC

May 20th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Real Monarchs SLC took a red-eye flight from Salt Lake International Airport to New York City on Tuesday morning, and now the USL affiliate of Real Salt Lake is ready for its first-ever foray in the U.S. Open Cup with Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. MT kick against the Long Island Roughriders at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y.

The Roughriders are a PDL team in the fourth division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, and currently sit at 3-1 on the season after last week’s Open Cup win over the Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL. Long Island is 2-0 in PDL play, good for the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

The Roughriders are 5-6-0 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play.

Monarchs defender Tyler Arnone, a Michigan product who will get the start for the Monarchs on Wednesday, is a Long Island-area native who played for the Roughriders in 2014, and he should know the squad well. After four years with the Wolverines, the 23-year-old Arnone was signed by the Monarchs after a brief spell with the NPSL’s Detroit City FC.

Wednesday’s match also marks the first appearance in a Monarchs uniform by RSL-Arizona Academy product Danilo Acosta since April 25. The young center back will sit behind midfielder Lennon Celestino as the Monarchs open up in a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield, and newcomer Max Rauhofer and Emery Welshman starting at striker.

The winner of the Long Island-Monarchs match will host the winner of Harpo’s FC-Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on May 27.


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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