Monarchs Close Out Preseason Against Orange County SC

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) – Real Monarchs’ 2017 preseason closes down Wednesday in Southern California with a 1:00 p.m. MT scrimmage at Orange County SC, the final of three scrimmages in the last week for Head Coach Mike Petke’s USL side.  Today’s game can be followed LIVE on the @RealMonarchs twitter feed.

Real Monarchs SLC – which added four players to its 2017 USL roster last week – have now added dynamic Haitian FW Jonel Desiré, who scored two goals in three games for the Haitian U-20 side in the most recent CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifiers, as well as one goal for Haiti’s senior team in January’s Gold Cup qualifier – as Petke readies his club for its third season in the USL.  The addition of Desiré, pronounced “JOE-nell de-ZIRE” (pending league and federation approval and receipt of P-1 visa and ITC) brings the club’s USL roster to 19 players.


Preseason Segment #1 – Sandy/Provo, UT

Saturday, Feb. 25 – Monarchs 3 : 0 BYU – (Milne, Minter, Brody)
Friday, March 3 – Monarchs 2 : 0 BYU – (Besler, Brody)

Preseason Segment #3 – Southern California

Wednesday, March 8 – Monarchs 2 : 1 Ventura County Fusion – (Minter, Adams)
Saturday, March 11 – Monarchs 3 : 2 LA Galaxy II – (Haber, Minter, Holness)
Wednesday, March 15 – Monarchs @ Orange County SC – 1 p.m  MT

Preseason Segment #3 – Sandy, UT

Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24 – Training at AFF daily 1:00 p.m.* (subject to change)

Sat., March 25 – Monarchs @ Portland Timbers 2 – 8:30 p.m. MT – 2017 USL Opening Weekend

Sat., April 1 – Monarchs v. Phoenix Rising FC – 4:00 p.m. MT @ Rio Tinto Stadium

Petke’s current 2017 roster of 19 players includes a group of eight players along with several members of the USL club’s technical staff – including Petke and Assistants Mark Briggs and Matt Glaeser – who spent the Arizona portion of preseason with RSL. The Monarchs preseason now includes new assistant coach Jamison Olave, the former MLS Best XI member and Defender of the Year w/ RSL and New York Red Bulls, also an RSL analyst on the club’s Spanish-language radio broadcasts on 102.3 FM.

The Monarchs 2017 USL schedule was recently released; please visit for dates, times, opponents and ticket information for the club’s third USL campaign, which kicks off at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m. MT against regional rival Phoenix Rising FC.

Season Tickets for both Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs' 2017 campaigns are now on sale; please visit or call 844.Real.Tix for more information, including “Crown Club” discounts for those who pledge loyalty to both Claret-and-Cobalt professional sides. The Rio Tinto Stadium box office is open Mon.-Fri., 10a-6p; more information can be found online at Current or interested RSL Royalty Season Ticket Members can purchase extra tickets at preferred pricing or gain assistance via the Fan Relations Hotline at 801-727-2702.

Coming in late Summer, 2017, the Real Monarchs / RSL training center opens in Herriman, Utah, approximately 20 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. The $60 million facility will serve as the daily training home beginning in 2018 for both of the club's professional teams – RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) – while centralizing the club's U-18, U-16 and future U-14 development academy youth selections. The Herriman facility will provide adjacencies for an on-site charter school opening this Fall, with STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls.

In mid-November in North Logan, Utah, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen broke ground on 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 dedicated to the club's vision and mission for youth soccer training and education, and the continued development of both recreational and competitive pre-Academy (ages 7-12) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.