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A Royal Mess

A tumultuous maiden season for third-division Real Maryland continued this week with the dismissal of Coach Silvino Gonzalo and the hiring of Brazilian Antonio Carlos Vieira.

According to the club's press release, Vieira began his coaching career in 1989 and has worked in Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize for the national team.

The Monarchs, last in the 11-team USL2 with a 3-12-1 record, are 0-9-1 since a 3-3 start. They are 0-6-1 on the road and been outscored 25-2, including 5-2 at Wilmington and 8-0 at Charlotte last weekend. The club had a point deducted a few weeks ago for using an ineligible player. Midfielder Dennis Alas recently left the club to return to El Salvador. Real will play its final regular season game Wednesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex against Bermuda before concluding the season with three road matches.

"It was not working out," Gonzalo told the Insider. "They wanted things to happen immediately and they didn't understand that it is very difficult to develop players right away. They'll find out in years to come. I think they have a chance to be a good team, but not right now."

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2008; 7:40 PM ET
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Laughs at everyone who thinks saying "first" is dumb.

Posted by: pigman sweet | July 22, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

ive been peripherally involved with them--only at the youth level, mind you--but real maryland is a very novice club. some of the organization's flaws are forgivable, but a lot of their issues can be attributed to being simply unprofessional. tough season.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

HAHA! Toronto tied, doesn't qualify for the Champions League...

Posted by: RK | July 22, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I know a couple of the players personnaly but like most would say they still need to get that chemistry together. Its a young team like any other rookie squads what can you expect from them. They are developing!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 22, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Montreal against Pachuca a mile above sea level!

Posted by: Glaucon | July 22, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch the Monarchs regularly? Hows my buddy steven tupy playing for them? DF-mid or Defender depending on where they play him.

Could someone let me know? I;ve been meaning to go check out one of their games.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Totally off-topic, but a very interesting piece in the New York Times on how the USSF lost Edgar Castillo to Mexico's national team program.

The really interesting and undiscussed part of this picture is how the MLS isn't even discussed. Where were the MLS' teams in all this? Why couldn't they find a place for him, when Santos Laguna could? Does the MLS suffer from the same delusion that size is everything in soccer? Admittedly, it might be easier for a smaller player to flourish in Mexico, where the premium is placed on speed and skill. The larger question is why speed and real skill aren't valued more highly in this country... As big as Onyewu is, I'd trade two of him for a defender with John Terry's skills, regardless of size. And attacking players? If the choice is Nate Jacqua or DeMarcus Beasley.....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 23, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

"Last". Take that, you "firsters".

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 23, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Dear Fisch Fry,

Re: Edgar Castillo

Ever heard of former DC United player Franco Niell... all of 5'4" and couldn't score.

Posted by: Beltwayrob | July 23, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Launching a professional franchise is really hard.Maybe a bit harder than people think.

In 2004, their first season in the A-League/USL1, the Puerto Rico Islanders won 3 or 4 games ina 26 or 28 game schdule playing.

Last year, Crystal Palace got off to a tough start but by mid season, the club was getting better results.

And that is just the on the field--the finances, even the travel, the day to day management--sometimes you have to go through the fire before you can really learn how to grind things out until you can get to apoint where things are flowing more smoothly.

Posted by: yankiboy | July 23, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Montreal against Pachuca a mile above sea level!

Posted by: Glaucon | July 22, 2008 10:28 PM
Seriously, unless they get blown out, how much worse could their results be when compared to the US MLS clubs?

Montreal is in the same position as my Puerto Rico Islanders:

If they lose then they were supposed to; they are a second division club.

If they tie then it was a "fluke".

If they were to win, it is a "miracle" and the Mexican or Costa Rican or whatever big club gets clowned and the supporters call for the coach's head.

They got nothing to lose but travel expenses. They got the chance to raise their profile. If you want to talk about how you are better than people give you credit for (coz you are in the 2nd division) then this gives you a chance to step up with some big boys...

Posted by: yankiboy | July 23, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Montreal against Pachuca a mile above sea level!

Posted by: Glaucon | July 22, 2008 10:28 PM

Montreal's first opponent will be a Nicaraguan side. Is Pachuca even in this tournament?

Posted by: tri-village | July 23, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse


Thank you for covering Real Maryland. I attended my first match of theirs on July 4 against Richmond Kickers and enjoyed it a lot, even though Real Maryland came out on the short end of a 3-0 match.

The coach really has to expect that he's got to adopt a "win now" strategy and can't afford to have a string of bad results, such as the Monarchs have had.

I hope that Real Maryland can retain their keeper, who is a very important player for them moving forward. It would also be good to keep Ronald Cerritos and compliment him with some skilled players who will fight hard for each other.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | July 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Silvino didn't have much success with the Royals towards the end either.

Posted by: Former Player | July 23, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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