The Week That Was
After a bye week for the team in MLS play, the US Open Cup play began with Real Salt Lake hosting Seattle Sounders 2. After a lackluster first half, the team allowed a first half goal in stoppage time to SS2. While the team seemed to be showing no signs of life, a strong half time talk by Jeff Cassar boosted the team. They came out on fire and quickly found Plata in space. Plata was able to tie the game up at 1-1.
Then the game took a crazy turn as a SS2 defender kicked the ball back to his goalie. The goalie picked it up, whistling a foul on SS2. RSL was given a free kick 6 yards from the goal line. Javier Morales was able to get on the end of a pass out of the situation and give RSL a 2-1 lead. The team kept pushing and pressuring for the rest of the game but was unable to find the back of the net. RSL sent the homes happy with a 2-1 win.
The Week Ahead
The team gets ready to play a lot of games really fast. This Sunday (June 21) RSL will host Sporting Kansas City in their second meeting of the year. RSL was able to secure a 0-0 road point against them, in a game that saw the debut of Elias Vasquez.
Real Salt Lake will then catch a flight and head off to New York as they face off, for the only time this year, against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday (June 24). After that game, they return home to face off against Columbus Crew on Saturday (June 27).
Around The Table
Real Monarchs – For the fourth time in 2015, Real Monarchs were defeated by the Colorado Switchbacks by the score of 2-1. The Monarchs are currently on a 11 day break before playing Seattle Sounders FC 2 on the road Thursday June 25th.
BYU Soccer – BYU wasn’t able to use their home field advantage as they dropped a result at home by the score of 3-2 against Albuquerque. BYU will continue their home stand, as they welcome in FC Tucson for a pair of games on June 19 and 20. BYU has yet to win a game this year.
USMNT U-20s – After going a full 120 minutes against Serbia, USMNT U20s were bounced from the U20 World Cup after losing 6-5 in a penalty shoot out.
USWNT – With a two wins (over Australia and Nigeria) and a tie (with Sweden), Team United States finished first in the Group D table. Looking forward in the Women’s World Cup, USWNT will play June 22 against Colombia, with the winner getting the winner of the China PR/Cameroon game.
Lucas Baldin – This week, I take a look at the Real Monarchs captain: Lucas Baldin. The 4th round selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft is a South Florida productthat was born in Brazil. He is a smart, natural leader with excellent off the ball movement.
In college for South Florida, appeared in 55 games, missing his Junior year to injury. During that time he scored 10 goals, and lead the team and conference in assists with nine.
He is the only player to appear in all 13 games for the Monarchs this year, scoring 3 times and providing 1 assist.