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PK dooms United in 1-0 loss in Utah

HERRIMAN, Utah – New Mexico United fell to the Real Monarchs 1-0 on Saturday night in USL Championship action.

Maikel Chang netted the lone goal of the evening following a penalty call on Ethen Sampson in the 59th minute.

United took its shots – 13 total, with three coming in the first six minutes. Daniel Bruce’s attempted cross led to a threatening shot in the opening minute.

The turning point of the game was the referee’s decision early in the second half. Contact in the box forced a whistle, and a penalty call against United. Chang converted the chance, beating New Mexico netminder Cody Mizell.

New Mexico (6-4-8) had 60 percent of the possession and chimed in with a sturdy 87 percent passing accuracy. But the United, in the midst of a stretch of seven weeks without a home game – save for a friendly July 18 – could not find the equalizer.

The United now gets ready to head to Minneapolis, where New Mexico faces the Minnesota United of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.