Preview: Real Monarchs vs. Rio Grand Valley

SANDY, Utah (Thursday, April 21, 2016) – Real Monarchs SLC (2-1-1, 7 pts) continues its 2nd USL campaign Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium, hosting expansion side Rio Grande Valley at 7:00 p.m. MT. 

Head Coach Freddy Juarez’ team owns a pair of home results at the Sandy venue this season, winning 1-0 in the opener against Saint Louis before a 3-3 home draw against LA Galaxy II.  Orem native Mikey Orellana scored in both of those games as well as the club’s 1-0 road win at Tulsa two weeks ago, but saw his scoring streak snapped last week in the Monarchs’ “On Tour” match at Utah Valley University, where the Claret-and-Cobalt dropped an 0-1 decision last Friday to Arizona.

The Monarchs are back at Rio Tinto Stadium twice in the coming days, welcoming the Seattle Sounders 2 on Tuesday, April 26, with kickoff also at 7:00 p.m. MT.  Tickets for both games are available at

The general public sale for 2016 Monarchs season tickets is ongoing.  In addition, Real Salt Lake season ticket members can join the 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 or via the Fan Relations Hotline at 801-727-2702.

Saturday’s game can be seen via the club’s website at and via tape-delay on KMYU after live coverage of RSL at LA Galaxy, with Landon Southwick and Wade Nielsen on the Monarchs call.

How to Follow Real Monarchs v. Rio Grande Valley



MONARCHS v. RIO GRANDE VALLEY – Sat., April 23, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. MT

FIRST OF FOUR “MONARCHS ON TOUR” GAMES IN THE BOOKS: Last week, Utah Valley University’s Clyde Field was the host for a Monarchs team playing four “home” games across the InterMountain West in 2016.  After last Friday’s Clyde Field debut against Arizona – an 0-1 loss – 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:

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.

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