REAL MONARCHS WELCOME SWITCHBACKS FC ON SATURDAY




Defending USL Championship Title-Winners Seeking First Win of Abbreviated Season


SANDY Utah
 (Friday, July 17, 2020) – 
Real Monarchs
 are set to welcome regional rival Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, July 18 at 2:00p MT. The match will be broadcast live locally on the KSL TV app.




The Monarchs return to the field after re-opening the 2020 season on July 11 in a 1-0 loss to 2020 expansion side San Diego Loyal SC at Rio Tinto Stadium. The loss was the second of the year for the Monarchs having dropped a 1-0 result to San Antonio FC in its opening match before the USL Championship postponed the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of fans will have the opportunity to attend Saturday’s match with tickets available for purchase at
RealMonarchs.com
.




For a full list of safety protocols put in place for the match at Rio Tinto Stadium to keep players, staff and fans safe, click 
here
.




The Monarchs and Colorado Springs have faced one another on 14 occasions, with the Monarchs holding a 6-7-1 (19 points) record against Switchbacks FC since 2015. The Monarchs claimed victory in the previous two meetings between the sides with the Utah side topping Switchbacks FC 1-0 on August 2, 2019 after seeing a 2-1 victory on June 22, 2019.




How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC vs. Switchbacks FC – Sat., July 18
, 2020


·         
Coverage Begins:
 2:00 p.m. MT


·        
Local TV:
 N/A


·         
Digital Streaming:
 KSL TV app w/ Landon Southwick (play-by-play) & Carla Swensen-Haslam (color)


·         
English Radio:
 N/A


·         
Spanish Radio:
 N/A


·         
Social Media:
 &
 on Twitter




Game Notes for Saturday’
s SLC
vs. COS game Available Online




The link to the 
Adobe PDF
 version of the 
Game Guide
 in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Monarchs SLC and Switchbacks FC is available 
HERE
. 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 
Taran Meyer
 in the RSL Communications Department via email at 
tmeyer@rsl.com
.




Head Coach 
Jamison Olave
 enters his first full season at the helm of the club as the permanent head coach after two successful stints as the interim head coach of the group. Olave – together with returning Assistant Coach 
Matt Glaeser
 – will look to replicate last season’s success during the club’s sixth season in the Championship.




For 2020, the Monarchs return a familiar core of players from the 2019 season as defenders 
James Moberg
 and 
Noah Powder 
lead the backline of one of the league’s most elite teams. Defender 
Andrew Brody
 also returns to the side having spent the 2019 season on loan with FC Pinzgau Saalfelden in the Austrian third division. Midfielders 
Jack Blake 
and World Cup veteran 
Ricardo Avila
 return carrying with them a slew of experience into 2020.




New faces in the squad include players with ample USL League One experience including the 2019 League One MVP 
Arturo Rodriguez
 and standouts 
Joe Gallardo 
and 
Chris Bermudez
. RSL Academy products 
Jordan Pena

Damian German
 and 
Steve Jasso
 also exemplify the growth pipeline between the Academy and the professional ranks for the 2020 season, each returning for their second season in a Monarchs jersey. The Monarchs also welcome rookie goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton to the roster for 2020.


Real Monarchs SLC season and single game tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by going to
RSL.com
or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

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