The Tacoma Defiance had been playing well of late — remaining competitive in 5 straight matches — until their 5-0 loss against Reno last match. The Defiance will look to make that match a blip in their upward trend with a win in tonight’s match against the Real Monarchs SLC in Cheney Stadium. It won’t be easy. The last time the two sides played was in Utah and was a also a 5-0 loss for the Defiance. The Defiance have historically managed fairly well against the Monarchs at home going 2-2-0 which is one of the better records the Defiance have against a team at Cheney Stadium.
There are two players the Defiance will need to slow down, Douglas Martínez and Maikel Chang. They can both score and create with the best in the USL Western Conference. Martínez is second in the league with 15 goals and has six assists, which is the 8th most in the Western Conference. Chang is a bit more of a creator — he is 10th in the conference with 48 chances created — but has also thrown in nine goals, which is as much as the Defiance’s scoring leader Justin Dhillon. If the Defiance don’t bring their best defensively those two alone could put the game out of reach.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in altum
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Help the left back
- Convert on the counter
- Slow down Martínez
How to Watch
Match date/time: 7:00 PM PT, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Central Tacoma, Puyallup-White River Watershed, Cascadia.
Streaming: ESPN+ (Talent: Andrew Harvey and Dave Clark)
How I'm watching
Outfit: A Nickelodeon T-shirt I found in the clearance section at Burlington Coat Factory, some black and red leggings and black 2017 Nike Free RNs.
Where: Near the Mormon Temple in Bellevue.