Regular Season Finale for United?

Wednesday night could easily be the last match of United’s 2020 regular season. We’re still waiting for word on whether or not the match against RGV will ever be rescheduled, but at this point, it’s looking far less likely to ever take place. RGV has only rescheduled one of the previously postponed matches, leaving two left to be played.

Since RGV’s last match is only days before the playoffs begin, I can’t see United playing again after Wednesday night. And that’s not a bad thing. 

Given the nature of the 2020 season, there was a lot of concern about how the tail end of the schedule would play out. At one point, United’s schedule had them playing five matches in eighteen days. With the postponement and what looks to be a cancellation, it is allowing Troy to get his players some rest. That’s something that they’ve been fighting all season while having to travel every week. 

If Wednesday’s match against Real Monarchs is in fact the final one of the regular season, the club will have anywhere from seven to ten days of rest between matches. We don’t yet know who their opponent will be in the first round of the playoffs, but it’s looking like it will be San Antonio. I know that’s not what most fans want to hear, but let’s be honest, El Paso has essentially a cakewalk in their final two matches. All they have to do is win one match and they’ll clinch the top spot. 

All that United can do is go out and win, and hope. 

If there was ever an opponent this season that I felt confident about them beating, it’s the Real Monarchs. The defending champions haven’t played like it all season and for them to turn in around in their final few matches if highly unlikely. Three times this season the two sides have met and each time United has walked away with three points. Wednesday’s match gives United a chance to sweep the season series. 

There’s something about this club that just seems to enjoy playing in Herriman. Perhaps they should have played the ‘home’ match there. I know that would have made it harder for the fans to be there, but when you’re undefeated in a place, you want to keep going back there. 

Two clean sheets, one goal allowed, six goals scored. That’s what Lesesne’s men have done so far this year and now they have a chance to do it again. United has unlocked what Real wants to do defensively and has repeatedly shown they can break it down. I don’t expect anything different to happen this week. 

United will press. They will try to control the ball. They’ll try to play it long to get Amando Moreno and Chris Wehan involved. 

That’s the match plan. That’s what we’ve seen throughout the year and it has worked for this group. Defensively, they just have to prevent the Monarchs from getting good looks on goal. 

There’s really not much else to say about it. We talked about it on the podcast and in last week’s preview, when you play a club this many times in a season, it’s hard to preview them multiple times. Especially when they aren’t very good.  

Players to Watch

Chris Wehan – Beez has been kinda quiet the past few matches and he’s due to get back on the score sheet. He’s had looks and is getting service, he just needs to get back to finishing ahead of the playoffs.

Jack Blake – I’ve talked about Blake before and I’ll bring him up again. He’s one of the holdovers from the 2019 Championship winning squad and has by far been the most dangerous asset for the Monarchs. United will need to keep an eye on him for the full 90.

Wednesday’s match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain) from Zion’s Bank Stadium in Herriman Utah. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+ for domestic viewers and on YouTube for international viewers. The match will also be heard on ESPN Radio 101.7 The TEAM, via The TEAM app, and The TEAM website. Spanish language commentary is also available on La Zeta 106.3 FM.