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Real Monarchs SLC Returns to Zions Bank Stadium to Host Fresno FC

League Leaders Host Newcomer Fresno FC in Visitor’s First Visit to Herriman, Utah;
Club Looking to Improve Upon Current Run of Form Having Won Two Straight at New Home;
Match Will Cap Four-Match Home Stand to Open Zions Bank Stadium;
All Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC Season Ticket Holders are Invited to the
Match against Fresno FREE of Charge

HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, May 11, 2018)Real Monarchs SLC (6-1-1, 19 points, 1 West) will look to retain its place atop the United Soccer League and the Western Conference on SaturdayMay 12 when it hosts league newcomer Fresno FC at 1:00 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium. Head Coach Mark Briggs is set to lead his side in its effort to build its lead atop the Western Conference, USL.

An “As One Weekend” will take place on Saturday where ALL Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC Season Ticket Members are invited to come support the league-leading Real Monarchs and experience the club’s intimate new venue, Zions Bank Stadium, absolutelyFREE. Season ticket holders will receive an email with instructions on how to obtain free tickets and FREE parking to Saturday’s Monarchs match. Tickets to Saturday’s match start at just $9 for the general public and can be purchased online at or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.

The Monarchs are coming off a come-from-behind statement 4-1 win over Swope Park Rangers on Wednesday that saw the club move into the top spot in the USL’s Western Conference. DF Kalen Ryden notched two goals in the win – his second two-goal game in 2018 – before FW Juan Ignacio Mare scored his second in as many games to help seal the victory.

How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC vs Fresno FC – Sat., May 12, 2018

  • Coverage Begins: 1:00 p.m. MT
  • Local TV: KMYU – With Trey Fitz-Gerald (play-by-play) & Chad Barrett (color)
  • Digital
  • English Radio: ESPN 700AM
  • Spanish Radio: 104.7 / 107.1 FM – Fernando Hortal, German Hortal & Carlos Artiles

Game Notes for Saturday’s SLC vs SPR 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 Fresno 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

Real Monarchs and Fresno have met on one occasion in a preseason scrimmage that saw Fresno claim a 3-2 victory over the Monarchs with an 89th minute strike after FW Chandler Hoffman and MF Josh Heard each notched a goal for the Monarchs.

Providing a potential highlight to the match against Swope would be another milestone reached by FW Chandler Hoffman as he continues his quest to reach 50 regular-season goals in the USL. Hoffman currently sits at 49 regular-season goals all-time, needing one more strike to become the third player in the league’s modern era to reach the 50-goal mark behind Richmond Kickers striker Dane Kelly and Charlotte Independence midfielder Jorge Herrera. Kelly currently holds the top spot on the all-time scoring charts, having scored 66 goals in his career, leaving Hoffman with 17 goals to reach the summit of the scoring charts.

In 2018 the club returns a 9-player core amongst the 30-man roster for its 2018 campaign, entering the club’s first full year under Briggs and staff. USL All-League First Team selection, USL MVP Finalist and Golden Boot runner-up from 2017, FW Chandler Hoffman returns after leading the Monarchs in scoring in 2017, after posting 17 total goals while registering 7 assists through the regular-season and playoffs for his best year as a professional. Joining Hoffman in returning to the Monarchs are MFs Sebastian Velasquez and veteran midfielder Charlie Adams. After his best performance as a professional that saw him score nine goals and register six assists, Velasquez placed second in scoring within the potent attacking force for the Monarchs.

Plenty of experience returns to the midfield and back line as DFs Michael Gallagher,Andrew Brody and James Moberg return to a staunch back line while MF Karsten Hanlin returns for his sophomore season in midfield. Up top, FW Juan Ignacio Mare also returns for his first full season with the club after signing last August. In goal GK Andrew Putna returns for his sophomore season in the USL after featuring in four matches for the Monarchs last season, posting two shutouts while registering two penalty kick saves in two-consecutive matches against Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC.

New arrivals for 2018 include: Former Charleston Battery duo MFs Maikel Chang and 2017 USL All-League Second Team selection Justin Portillo; DFs David Diosa, Rhys Williams as well as a former USL Cup winner in Konrad Plewa and 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick Kalen Ryden; In midfield MF Masta Kacher joins the Monarchs together with Washington Husky alumni Josh Heard and reserve GK Jake Leeker.

In 2018 Briggs returns a Real Monarchs coaching staff which includes former RealSaltLake and NewYorkRedBulls defender JamisonOlave, Goalkeeper Coach MattGlaeser who returns for his second season with the USL side, arriving in December 2016, along with Briggs after serving as an assistant at Wilmington. Briggs also sees the transition of former Monarchs midfielder DannyCruz to an assistant coaching role with the club. Prior to making the transition to coaching, Cruz appeared in nine matches for the Monarchs in 2017, playing 617 minutes while making six starts. As a professional Cruz logged 137 career Major League Soccer appearances, 99 of them in a starting role.

Real Monarchs 2018 United Soccer League regular-season schedule is as follows:

DAY     DATE               MATCHUP                                NOTE:                                                                           

Sat.      March 24          @ Tulsa Roughnecks               W, 3-2  (Baird, Hoffman, Adams score in victory)

SAT.    MARCH 31       PORTLAND                  W, 4-2 (Besler, Ryden x2, Velasquez earn goals)

Sat.      April 7              @ Phoenix Rising FC                W, 1-0 (Sparrow, Velasquez play heros to outlast Drogba & Co.)
Wed.    April 11             @ Seattle Sounders 2               W, 3-1 (Kacher x2, Hoffman lead Monarchs at Cheney Stadium)
Sat.      April 21             @ Tampa Bay  Rowdies           L, 0-2 (English Legend Joe Cole leads Rowdies past Monarchs)

MON.   APRIL 30         LAS VEGAS                            D, 0-0 (4,065 fans attend opening of Zions Bank Stadium)

FRI.      MAY 4              ORANGE COUNTY                  W, 2-1 (Mare Scores 90th min. Winner for First ‘W’ at ZBS)
WED.   MAY 9              SWOPE PARK                         W, 4-1 (Ryden Scores Brace, Mare Adds Another in Win)
SAT.    MAY 12            FRESNO                                  First “As One Weekend” of 2018
Sat.      May 19             @ Las Vegas Lights FC             Maiden voyage to Cashman Field home of expansion LV
Sat.      May 26             @ Portland Timbers 2               T2 now call suburban baseball stadium home
TUE.    MAY 29            SACRAMENTO                        Revenge for 2017 postseason shootout elimination?
MON.   JUNE 4             RIO GRANDE VALLEY             Monday Night Fútbol kicks off Summer
Wed.    June 13             @ Swope Park Rangers             First leg of KC / STL “midwest mayhem” tour
Sat.      June 16             @ Saint Louis FC                      Historic soccer hotbed back on rise
TUE.    JUNE 26          FRESNO                                  Former Whitecaps USL side now calls Fresno home
Tue.     July 3               @ Reno 1868 FC                      2017 side highest-scoring in USL history
Sat.      July 7               @ Sacramento Republic FC      Site of last year’s RSL / Monarchs Open Cup debacle
SAT.    JULY 14           SEATTLE                                 S2 has history of success in Utah
Sat.      July 21             @ San Antonio FC                    Staunch defensive side posts many shutouts at home
SAT.    JULY 28           PHOENIX                                 Drogba and Diplo at ZBRA?
WED.   AUGUST 8       RENO                                      Extended break prior to midweek August debut
Sat.      August 11        @ OKC Energy FC                    Quick turnaround from previous match
SAT.    AUGUST 18     TULSA                                     Roughnecks did well in Utah last season
SAT.    AUGUST 25     LA GALAXY II                          “Los Dos” arrive on Wasatch
Wed.    August 29        @ Colo. Springs Switchbacks    Home of USL “Snowmageddon II” in 2015
MON.   SEPT 3 SAN ANTONIO                                     Labor Day Weekend BBQ in Herriman?
Sun.     Sept. 8             @ Rio Grande Valley Toros       South Texas humidity oppressive this time of year
WED.   SEPT. 12         ST. LOUIS                                Another midweek home game at ZBS
Wed.    Sept. 19           @ Orange County SC               Late September SoCal doubleheader trip
Sat.      Sept. 22           @ LA Galaxy II                         “Los Dos” site of massive 2017 win for Briggs
SAT.    SEPT. 29         COLORADO SPRINGS             Rocky Mountain Rivalry one of best in USL
WED.   OCT. 3             OKLAHOMA CITY                    Inaugural Zions Bank Stadium reg. season finale
Sat.      Oct. 13             @ Fresno FC                            Playoff seeding finalized with this result?
Schedule subject to change;
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Real Monarchs moves away from the home of Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC at Rio Tinto Stadium and christen the new, 5,000 seat Zions Bank Stadium on the campus of the $78 million Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah. The state-of-the-art venue will boast a full-service press box and broadcasting booth as well as concessions on either side of the stadium. Officially opening April 2018, the Monarchs will host 17 regular-season matches at Zions Bank Stadium in the first year at the league’s newest venue starting with an April 30 match against Las Vegas Lights FC for the first ever “Saints-and-Sinners/I-15” Rivalry.

The Herriman facility provides adjacencies for an on-site charter school in conjunction with the Jordan School District, which opened last August, focusing on STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls, kicking off a new era for both sports and education in Utah.

Last December in North Logan, Utah, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen christened the opening of 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 7-14) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.