SANDY, Utah (Sunday, July 30, 2017) – Real Monarchs SLC (15-2-2, 47 points, USL #1 / West #1) kick off a stretch that sees four of the club’s next six games played at home with a “revenge” game Monday night against Tulsa Roughnecks. A 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff is in the offing at Rio Tinto Stadium, where Head Coach Mark Briggs’ team has won 10 consecutive games dating back to last year, along with a perfect 9-0-0 mark so far in 2017.
Tickets are still available for Monday’s match via www.RSL.com or by calling 844.Real.Tix.
How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC v. Tulsa Roughnecks – Mon., July 31, 2017
- Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT
- Local Stream: www.RSL.com or www.USLsoccer.com
- English Radio: ESPN700 AM – Landon Southwick, Carla Haslam and Taran Meyer
- Spanish Radio: 102.3 La Gran D FM / 1600 AM – Nelson Moran & Fernando Hortal
- Online: The @RealMonarchs Twitter feed provides updates
Game Notes for Monday’s Monarchs v. Tulsa Roughnecks game Available Online
The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Monday’s contest between Real Monarchs SLC and Tulsa Roughnecks 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 Trey Fitz-Gerald in the RSL Communications Department via email at tfitz@RSL.com.
The scintillating 2017 Real Monarchs / USL season continues Monday just past the midway point of the 32-game regular season, as Head Coach Mark Briggs’ USL pacesetters – with a 15-2-2 mark and a league-leading 47 points – seek to exact revenge for one of two 2017 losses to this point. Back on July 1, the Monarchs dropped an 0-2 decision at Tulsa, the club’s lone shutout suffered of the year and the only loss since April 15, snapping the Utah side’s 10-game unbeaten run.
The third-year Monarchs claim the league’s top goal differential, +24 with 44 goals scored and 20 allowed in just 19 games, occupying first place overall in the USL with an incredible 15-2-2 start and 47 points, seven clear of San Antonio FC and nine ahead of Swope Park Rangers, which host Reno later today.
Four of the next six games for the Monarchs come at Rio Tinto Stadium, where the club extended its home win streak to 10 straight games earlier this month, downing OKC and Seattle by a combined 7-2 scoreline. The Monarchs return to Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday, July 31 against Tulsa (7:00 p.m. MT kickoff) with sights set on an 11th consecutive home victory, dating back to last season:
USL Home Winning Streaks (incl. playoffs)
13 games: Orlando City SC (2014)
11 games: Rochester Rhinos (2015-16)
10 games: Real Monarchs (2016-present)
8 games: Swope Park Rangers (2016-17)
The Rio Tinto Stadium box office is open Mon.-Fri., 10a-6p; more information can be found online at www.RSL.com/Tickets. 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.
Wednesday night at Rio Grande Valley, the Monarchs rode yet another strike from leading scorer and USL MVP Candidate Chandler Hoffman – his sixth game-winner out of 13 overall goals this season, now ranking second overall in the league, one off the leader – to win 2-1 at RGV and secure four points from a two-game Texas road swing.
GK Connor Sparrow stopped a penalty kick for the third time this season and made six saves on the night to secure the victory, while FW Daniel Haber struck for his fourth goal of the season, trailing just Hoffman and playmaker Sebastian Velasquez amongst the club’s leading scorers. Wednesday night, the Monarchs welcomed Velasquez back for the final 28 minutes, his first action since June 24 at Phoenix, where he suffered a hamstring injury. Velasquez has earned four USL Team of the Week nods in a seven-week midsummer span (and five overall), while moving near the top of the USL attacking charts with six goals and six assists on his campaign.
Opening on August 22 of this year, the Zions Bank Real Academy training campus arrives in Herriman, Utah, approximately 20 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. The $72 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 in Fall, 2017, with STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls.
Late last year 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 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 7-12) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.