Austin, TX (Friday, May 20, 2021) After a disappointing loss to New Mexico United last weekend, Austin Bold FC looks to bounce back this Friday against Real Monarchs at Zions Bank Stadium. You can catch all the action from your neighborhood soccer club live on ESPN+. You’re going to see a lot of the Real Monarchs this week as they will be the opponents in the first home game of 2021. Grab your tickets here to celebrate the return to Bold Stadium on May 26th with $2 Beer Night. All 16oz domestic beers are only $2.
Positives to Build On
No team wants to lose, but that doesn’t mean positives are not anywhere to be found. As Austin Bold FC Head Coach Marcelo Serrano said, “When you lose, it doesn’t mean everything is wrong.”
30 seconds. That’s all it took Bold newcomer Nick Hinds to nab his first goal with the club and properly introduce himself to The Bold Familia. The technical fullback came on as a half-time substitute and immediately impacted with a fantastic shot from just inside the box.
Hinds joins The Bold on loan from MLS club Nashville SC. Even at his young age, Hinds has deep USL Championship experience as he made 68 appearances with Tacoma Defiance while under a Homegrown contract with Seattle Sounders. The South Florida native knows how to win too. During his two seasons playing collegiately with the University of Akron, Hinds helped the Zips to back-to-back conference championships
Changes in Utah
The Real Monarchs and Real Salt Lake changed their relationship coming into the 2021 USL Championship season. The affiliate club operated as both a developmental squad for the MLS club in prior seasons while still being an incredibly competitive side within the USL Championship. This hybrid approach saw the team lift the league championship in 2019 and win the USL regular season in 2017. This season, the club publicly shifted its philosophy to more developmental. This doesn’t mean they are pushovers by any degree. This squad is stacked with Utah talent like Bode Davis and international signings like Ibrahim Bance. The front office also brought in players with USL Championship experience like Kyle Adams and Malik Johnson. With only a single point in three matches, head coach Jamison Olave will hope this new change will soon produce results on the pitch.
Get to know Real Monarchs by the numbers
Head Coach: Jamison Olave
2021 Record: 0-2-1 (W-L-D)
2021 Mountain Division Standing: 6th (1 PTS)
Top Goalscorer: Bode Davis and Ibrahim Bance (1)
Goals Conceded: 4
Clean Sheets: 0