Preview: Real Monarchs vs Arizona United SC

SANDY, Utah (Thursday, April 14, 2016) – Real Monarchs SLC (2-0-1, 7 pts) continues its 2nd USL campaign tomorrow at Clyde Field on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, hosting Arizona United SC Friday at 7:00 p.m. MT.  Head Coach Freddy Juarez’ team owns a pair of 1-0 wins this season, as Orem native Mikey Orellana has game-winners against Saint Louis and at Tulsa, while also scoring in the club’s 3-3 draw on April 2 against LA Galaxy II.

The Monarchs are back at Rio Tinto Stadium twice the coming weeks, welcoming the Rio Grande Valley Toros on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Seattle Sounders 2 on Tuesday, April 26, with kickoff also at 7:00 p.m. MT.  Tickets for both games are available at www.RSL.com/Monarchs.

The general public sale for 2016 Monarchs season tickets is ongoing.  In addition, Real Salt Lake season ticket members can join the Crown Club (www.RSL.com/tickets/Crown-Club) by adding Real Monarchs season tickets for as low as $54, including exclusive Crown Club benefits.  The Rio Tinto Stadium box office is open Tues.-Fri., 10a-6p; more information can be found online at www.RSL.com/Monarchs/Schedule or via the Fan Relations Hotline at 801-727-2702.

Friday’s game can be seen via the club’s website at www.RSL.com/Monarchs or heard on ESPN700 AM, with Landon Southwick and Carla Haslam on the call.  Arizona was the victim of the Monarchs’ lone road win during the inaugural 2015 season, a total equaled after just one game in 2016 with last week’s 1-0 victory at Tulsa, for which GK Lalo Fernandez was named to the USL Team of the Week.

How to Follow Real Monarchs v. Arizona United SC at UVU’s Clyde Field in Orem, UT

2016 REAL MONARCHS NOTES

MONARCHS v. ARIZONA UNITED SC – Fri., April 15, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. MT

FIRST OF FOUR “MONARCHS ON TOUR” GAMES: This week, Utah Valley University’s Clyde Field is the home for a Monarchs team playing four “home” games across the InterMountain West in 2016.  After Friday’s Clyde Field debut against Arizona, the club will also host Orange County Blues at the University of Utah’s soccer field near the Huntsman Center on Saturday, May 21. Then on Saturday, June 11, the Monarchs host rival Sacramento Republic FC at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev., site of the USL’s 2017 expansion side, before returning to Clyde Field in Orem for the fourth and final “On Tour” match on Friday, July 22 against Arizona again, celebrating Pioneer Day Weekend prior to RSL’s home match that evening at Rio Tinto Stadium against San Jose Earthquakes.

OREM NATIVE ORELLANA OPENS UP AFTER HOT STREAK: In the home opener back on March 26, it was a stoppage-time goal by 88th-minute substitute FW Maikon Orellana that captured 3 points for the Claret-and-Cobalt side. The former El Salvador youth international struck again in the 3-3 draw against LA Galaxy II at home on April 2, then again supplied the game-winner last Saturday in the 1-0 win at Tulsa, only the second time in organizational history that both the Monarchs and RSL won on the same day. Inspired by Head Coach Freddy Juarez, Orellana talks about his path to Utah, his time at the RSL-AZ Academy and more in this week’s Monarchs podcast with Matt Gaschk. Listen here:  http://www.rsl.com/post/2016/04/13/claret-and-cobalt-daily-episode-124-april-13-2016

CAPARELLI, DURAN LOANED TO KITSAP PUMAS FOR PDL SEASONING: Just days before the season opener, the Monarchs announced loan deals for two players – DF Jony Caparelli and MF Edgar Duran – to PDL side Kitsap Pumas for the duration of the 2016 PDL season.

"We think this is an important step in their development, as Jony and Edgar are still at an age they need to get games," said Real Monarchs Head Coach Freddy Juarez.  "The opportunity to send them to a very good PDL club, one that will be in Open Cup, offers the chance for Jony and Edgar to play 20-plus games in addition to preseason matches, possibly as many as 30 games in 3 months.  Hopefully, when they come back to us, they're in a little bit better shape, better rhythm and can help contribute to our team."

Caparelli, 21, played for the Chivas USA academy before joining the Real Salt Lake organization. He has yet to appear in a USL game, but he featured regularly for the Monarchs in friendlies over the past two years. Duran, 19, is a product of RSL's Arizona-based academy. He made two appearances for the Monarchs in 2015 after signing late last season after a year at Casa Grande, Ariz.

SCHULER STAYS IN RSL FAMILY, JOINS MONARCHS: A month ago, the Monarchs announced the signing of former Real Salt Lake DF Chris Schuler, keeping the six-year MLS veteran at Rio Tinto Stadium for the 2016 season while he continues to rehab a foot injury that ended his 2015 year after just five matches with RSL (and two with the Monarchs).  

Schuler, 28, played six seasons with Real Salt Lake after being selected in the third round, 39th overall, in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.  He played 80 matches in six seasons, highlighted by his career-best 25 appearances in 2014.

COMPLETE 2015 USL STATS PACKAGE: Complete League, Team and Individual Statistics for the 2015 USL season, including those for Freddy Juarez’ Real Monarchs side, can be found by clicking  and downloading HERE:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1qbf59dlcjf5llc/AACznFUBA1nCkk2f30QW6hana?dl=0

MONARCHS SEASON PREVIEWS: For complete Monarchs coverage and information, please visit www.RSL.com/Monarchs, including a season preview from Matt Gaschk - ‪bit.ly/1RDPVq7 ‪ - as well as a recent ESPN700 AM #OnFrame - http://www.rsl.com/post/2016/03/23/onframe-march-22-2016 - which includes interviews with Monarchs DF Chris Schuler and HC Freddy Juarez by RSL analyst Brian Dunseth, along with an overview of the club’s preseason trip to Costa Rica - http://www.rsl.com/post/2016/03/14/monarchs-prepared-second-season-costa-rica-trip.

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Chris Kamrani also took a look at what drives the Monarchs in the club’s 2nd season - https://t.co/l5CarN7hnR - and how the RSL / Monarchs relationship has evolved for 2016 - https://t.co/6ggAumbvKB - with takes from both Juarez and RSL boss Jeff Cassar

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