Velazco scores, Real Monarchs net Open Cup victory

May 20th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Real Monarchs’ inaugural season in USL play didn’t get off to the best start, with one win in their first nine games.

None of that seemed to matter Wednesday night in the club’s first-ever U.S. Open Cup game on the road against the PDL’s Long Island Roughriders.

Ricardo Velazco scored in the 77th minute, and goalkeeper Eric Osswald earned the first shutout of his professional career to help the Monarchs earn a 1-0 victory over the Roughriders and advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Real Monarchs will host USL rival Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on May 27. The Switchbacks beat upstart amateurs Harpo’s FC 2-1 in Colorado Springs in Wednesday’s second round.

Velazco set up his own shot for his first professional goal, dishing a pass to Max Rauhofer for a quick return pass before ripping a shot into the back of the net, and the goal would stand up for the remaining 13 minutes of the match, played at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y.

RSL signee Fito Ovalle, who is on a season-long loan to the Monarchs, was the only first-team player in uniform for the third-division side Wednesday. Ovalle entered as a substitute for holding midfielder Lennon Celestino with about 20 minutes left, cup-tying him to the USL club for the remainder of this year’s Open Cup.

RSL’s other frequent loanees such as goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez and defenders Aaron Maund and Phanuel Kavita remained in Salt Lake City, and could be used by the first team in future Open Cup matches. The third round will see the introduction of second-division NASL clubs, and MLS clubs enter the national tournament in the fourth round.

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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