Utah Royals FC unveils 2018 preseason schedule & roster

SANDY, Utah (Thursday, February 15, 2018) – Utah Royals FC revealed plans for the club’s 2018 preseason schedule, along with a preliminary roster, as Head Coach Laura Harvey prepares her team for the club’s inaugural season in Utah. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 19 and running through the March 24 NWSL opening weekend, preseason features training camp sessions at the world-class Zions Bank Training Center, as well as preseason scrimmages against Brigham Young University and at the University of California Los Angeles.

Harvey’s team kicks off preseason at the club’s facility in Herriman, Utah – just 15 minutes from Utah Royals FC’s Rio Tinto Stadium home – this Monday, February 19. Following the first eleven days of camp, Utah will play its first scrimmage against the BYU women’s soccer team on Saturday, March 3 (site/time TBD). After another week in Utah, the second leg of camp occurs in Southern California, the team embarking on a six-day trip to Los Angeles from March 12-17, where the team will face the UCLA Bruins on Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. MT at Frank Marshall Field. 

Utah Royals FC also announced that several of the club’s various international players – members of the roster representing six different national teams – will not join the club until the latter half of preseason, due to duties “For Club and Country.” United States Women’s National Team DF Kelley O’Hara has been selected to join the USWNT camp in preparation for the upcoming #SheBelieves Cup (March 1-7 in Ohio, New Jersey, and Orlando). U.S.A. Captain and DF Becky Sauerbrunn will be in Utah rehabilitating a foot injury sustained during the January USWNT camp in Southern California.

Other players preparing with their respective national teams include: Canadian MFs Desiree ScottDiana Matheson and FW Maegan Kelly, expected to arrive in Salt Lake following their nation’s participation the prestigious Algarve Cup from February 28 – March 7 in Portugal. Also competing in the Algarve Cup are: MF Gunnhildur “Gunny” Jonsdottir (Iceland) and FW Elise Thorsnes (Norway), both departing Utah on Feb. 26. 

Royals FC DF Katie Bowen (New Zealand) is expected to arrive in Utah next week pending work visa logistics, but will spend the first week of March in Spain to play back-to-back matches against Scotland on March 3 and March 6. DF Katrina Gorry, representing the Matildas of Australia, will also participate in the Algarve Cup, but is not expected to arrive to Utah until after her nation’s FIFA 2019 France World Cup Qualifying matches from April 6-20.

Earlier today, the NWSL announced the official list of allocated players for the 2018 season. A total of 34 players – 23 Americans and 11 Canadians – will be participating as Federation Players in the upcoming season, with five – three representing USWNT and two for Canada – calling the Utah Royals FC home. They are, in alphabetical order: Diana Matheson (CAN), Kelley O’Hara (USA), Amy Rodriguez (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) and Desiree Scott (CAN). For the full list, please visit www.NWSLsoccer.com.

The majority of the club’s international group is expected to return to the Wasatch Front on Friday, March 9, just in time for Real Salt Lake’s home opener against LAFC on March 10, where the Utah Royals FC will be signing autographs and meeting fans at Carnival Real at Rio Tinto Stadium (details TBD). Utah Royals FC will then kick off the 2018 NWSL regular season on the road the weekends of March 24 and 31 (opponents TBD), before hosting their inaugural home game on Saturday, April 14 at Rio Tinto Stadium


UTAH ROYALS FC 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Preseason camp opens at Zions Bank Training Center in Herriman, UT:

Preseason Leg #1 — Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, UT

Monday, February 19 – Saturday, March 10

Camp Opens: Monday, Feb. 19 - morning

Media Day: Friday, Feb. 23 – afternoon

Scrimmage #1: Saturday, March 3 – vs. BYU (time/site TBD)

**The Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman -- located at 14787 South Academy Parkway. MUST be entered off of Mountain View Corridor, just West of the facility

If you plan on attending a training session in Herriman and are requesting access, please contact Utah Royals FC Media Services contact Carla Haslam at (801) 413-6646 / chaslam@RSL.com a day in advance for arrangements.


Preseason Leg #2 – Los Angeles, CA

Monday, March 12 — Travel to Los Angeles, CA

Scrimmage #2: Friday, March 16 – @ UCLA – 10a MT

Saturday, March 17 – Return to Utah

2018 Utah Royals FC Roster

#  Name  Pos.  Place of birth  Last club
 Abby Smith  GK  Portland, OR  Boston Breakers
3  Becca Moros  DF  New York City, NY  FC Kansas City
4  Becky Sauerbrunn  DF  St. Louis, MO  FC Kansas City
5  Kelley O'Hara  DF  Fayetteville, GA  Sky Blue FC
6  Katie Bowen  DF  Auckland, New Zealand  FC Kansas City
7  Mandy Laddish  MF  Lee's Summit, MO  FC Kansas City
8  Amy Rodriguez  FW  Lake Forest, CA  FC Kansas City
9  Lo'eau LaBonta  MF  Rancho Cucamonga, CA  FC Kansas City
10  Diana Matheson  MF  Mississauga, Ontario, CAN  Seattle Reign
11  Desiree Scott  MF  Winnipeg, Canada   FC Kansas City
12  Taylor Lytle  MF  Las Cruces, NM  Sky Blue FC
13  Brittany Taylor Kolmel  DF  Hamptonburgh, NY  FC Kansas City
14  Alex Arlitt  DF  Houston, TX  FC Kansas City
15  Erika Tymrak  MF  Detroit, MI  FC Kansas City
17  Sydney Miramontez  DF  Lenexa, KS  FC Kansas City
18  Nicole Barnhart  GK  Pottstown, PA  FC Kansas City
19  Katrina Gorry  MF  Brisbane, Australia  Brisbane Roar
20  Elise Thorsnes  FW  Leikanger, Norway   Avaldsnes
23  Gunnhildur Jonsdottir  MF  Garðabær, Iceland  Vålerenga
24  Katie Stengel  FW  Viera, FL  Boston Breakers
25  Brittany Ratcliffe  FW  Monroe Township, NJ  FC Kansas City
33  Brooke Elby  DF  Arcadia, CA  Boston Breakers
44  Maegan Kelly  FW  Kansas City, KS  FC Kansas City
88  Alexa Newfield  MF  Atlanta, GA  FC Kansas City

Non-roster Invitees:

--  Taylor Isom  DF  Logan, UT  Bringham Young University
--  EJ Proctor  GK  Wilson, NC  Duke University