Defending USL Championship Title-Winners Welcome Loyal SC to Rio Tinto Stadium in Opening Weekend of Return to Play

 (Friday, July 10, 2020) – 
Real Monarchs
 are set to re-open the 2020 USL Championship season on Saturday, July 11 when it welcomes 2020 expansion side San Diego Loyal SC to Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00p MT with the match being broadcast nationally on ESPN Deportes and locally on the KSL TV app.

The Monarchs return to play having opened its title defense on March 7, seeing a 1-0 loss at San Antonio FC before the league postponed the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The match will also mark the first team sports match in the United States in four months that will have fans in attendance.

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 

Prior to the match, the club will commemorate the Monarchs 2019 USL Championship Title-winning season with an on-field presentation following pre-match warm-ups.

The Monarchs and San Diego have never faced one another since the Southern California side entered the league for the 2020 season. San Diego is led by USMNT legend Landon Donovan who coached Loyal SC to a 1-1 draw against Las Vegas Lights FC in its inaugural outing before claiming a 2-1 victory over Tacoma Defiance.

How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC vs. San Diego Loyal SC – Sat., July 11
, 2020

Coverage Begins:
 2:00 p.m. MT

National TV:
 ESPN Deportes

Digital Streaming:
 KSL TV app w/ Landon Southwick (play-by-play) & Tom Hackett (color)

English Radio:

Spanish Radio:

Social Media:
 on Twitter

Game Notes for Saturday’
s SLC 
vs. SD 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 San Diego Loyal SC is available 
. 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

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
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 
Chris Bermudez
. RSL Academy products 
Jordan Pena

Damian German
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
 or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.