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July 5, 2024 – MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
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AUSTIN, Texas (Fri.) – Real Monarchs (4-10-1 / 14 points) fell to Austin FC 2 2-0, the North Texas side scoring two set-piece goals in the second half of play. The Monarchs won in dominant 4-0 fashion in their only other meeting with Austin this season on June 2. The loss comes as the first leg of a trinity of road matchups for the Monarchs, with visits to Portland Timbers 2 and The Town FC coming next.

Despite Manager Mark Lowry’s side coming out firing, creating a baker’s dozen of chances and finishing with the advantage in shots and shots on target, SLC was unable to collect their first road victory of the year. One standout for Monarchs was surely Omar Marquez, a 16-year-old attacking midfielder who joined the Real Salt Lake Academy in 2022. Marquez caused havoc throughout his 90 minutes, whistling up and down the right wing – starting counter attacks with his defensive work rate on one end of the field and attempting to finish them with his speed and technical ability on the other. His creativity was a skill of particular interest in the match, finishing as one of only three players on either team to register multiple key passes.

Another highlight for the Monarchs was the tandem play of Griffin Dillon and Luca Moisa in the midfield. Dillon tied for the match lead with three key passes while Moisa, recently named to the 2024 MLS NEXT All-Star Game, served as the pivot for his squad, retaining possession and switching play in times of transition. RSL first-teamer and 2022 draftee Bertin Jacquesson finished the night with a game-high four shots.


ATX – 62′ – CJ Fodrey (Unassisted): Winning a penalty kick in the 62nd minute of a tie match, defender CJ Fodrey had his number called to step up to the spot for his squad. Fodrey wasted no time in his approach, taking a series of quick steps with his head up and calmly sending it left while Delgado guessed right.

ATX2 – 81′ – Alonso Ramirez (Unassisted): With a chance to put the game out of reach late, ATX Captain Alonso Ramirez stood over the ball for an 81′ free kick from the right side of the attacking third. Taking it quickly, Ramirez uncorked a vicious strike with his preferred right foot, bending it around the four-man Monarchs wall and back inside the near post, narrowly past the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Fernando Delgado.


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