Monarchs vs Sacramento Preview 5/13/17

SANDY, Utah (Friday, May 10, 2017) – Real Monarchs SLC (6-1-0, 18 points, 2ndWest) continue their 2017 USL season Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium with a 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff. Each of the Monarchs’ next two games take place at home, where the club is a perfect 3-0-0 going into this Saturday’s match against Sacramento and the May 20 contest vs. Colorado Springs.

Head Coach Mark Briggs’ team has scored multiple goals in each of its six victories – making the club the second-highest scoring team in the USL, with 18 through seven games – and has not been shut out this season through seven games, with the club’s only loss coming in its lone single-goal performance in mid-April at Colorado Springs. The 18-point total for the Monarchs through 7 games more than doubles its total points at same juncture in either its 2015 inaugural season or 2016

Tickets are still available at the venue’s Sandy box office or by clicking Rio Tinto Stadium is celebrating the 13th birthday for mascot “Leo the Lion” at the Monarchs game Saturday; call 844.Real.Tix to get 4 tickets / 4 pizza slices & 4 desserts for just $40!

How to Follow Real Monarchs v. Sacramento Republic FC – Sat., May 13, 2017

  • Coverage Begins: 7:30 p.m. MT
  • Webstream: Watch here! Landon Southwick, Carla Haslam, Taran Meyer on the call
  • English Radio: n/a
  • Spanish Radio: n/a
  • Online: The @RealMonarchs Twitter feed provides updates
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Game Guide for Saturday’s Monarchs v. Sacramento game Available Online 
The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Monarchs and Sacramento is available at this link. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive it as an attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact Trey Fitz-Gerald in the RSL Communications Department via email at

Wednesday night, the Monarchs notched their first-ever victory in five games all-time against LA Galaxy II, winning 3-0 as former RSL MF Sebastian Velasquezscored the game-winner in the 25th minute from the penalty spot, and added an assist on a Karsten Hanlin goal in the 94th minute.

The Velasquez goal was his third of the year, as the former RSL/NYCFC player also set up the Monarchs’ second goal of the night to break the Galaxy backs. Velasquez controlled the ball in midfield before setting up winger Daniel Haberdown the left side, with his long cross to the far post nodded down by opposite winger Andrew Brody. The Brody offering found MF Charlie Adams surging into the box, with the Englishman buried a one-timer with his left foot for his first goal of the season.

Hanlin was one of two Monarchs to make their USL and Monarchs’ debuts on the night, as Haitian international FW Jonel Desiré also made a substitute appearance in addition to Hanlin, the former Univ. of Denver midfielder.

Monarchs GK Connor Sparrow was able to make a pair of solid saves in the second half to preserve the shutout, thankful for his crossbar helping to deny “Los Dos” a first-half equalizer. The victory was the second straight for Sparrow, who made two appearances in all of 2016 for the Monarchs.

The Rio Tinto Stadium box office is open Mon.-Fri., 10a-6p; more information can be found online at Current or interested RSL Royalty Season Ticket Members can purchase extra tickets at preferred pricing or gain assistance via the Fan Relations Hotline at 801-727-2702.

Coming in late Summer, 2017, Real Salt Lake's regional training center opens in Herriman, Utah, approximately 20 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. The $60 million facility will serve as the daily training home beginning in 2018 for both of the club's professional teams – RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) – while centralizing the club's U-18, U-16 and future U-14 development academy youth selections. The Herriman campus will provide adjacencies for an on-site charter school opening this Fall, with STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls.

In mid-November in North Logan, Utah, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen broke ground on the first of a half-dozen regional training centers across Utah and Arizona to be built in the next 2-3 years.  Each $5 million RTC houses a classroom, as well as an indoor and outdoor field, dedicated to fulfilling a curriculum consistent with the club's vision and mission for youth soccer training and education, and the continued development of both recreational and competitive pre-Academy (ages 7-12) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.

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