Real Monarchs SLC Visit Providence Park to Face Timbers 2


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HERRIMAN, Utah (Friday, May 25, 2018)Real Monarchs SLC (8-1-1, 25 points, 1 West) are set to travel to Portland, Oregon for a meeting with Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday, May 26 in a Western Conference battle between two of the United Soccer League’s most potent offenses. Kick off from Providence Park is set for 3:00 p.m. MT as Head Coach Mark Briggs aims to extend his team’s lead atop the Western Conference summit.

Coming off a 2-0 victory over Lights FC in Las Vegas last weekend, the Monarchs look to gain three more valuable road points to continue its separation from the rest of the league with yet another victory. Against Lights FC last Saturday, MF Josh Heard scored a goal and had a game-winning assist to MF Sebastian Velasquez to earn his place on the USL’s Team of the Week for Week 10. GK Jake Leeker made his second consecutive start in the victory, earning his second shutout in as many games.

How to Follow Real Monarchs SLC @ Portland Timbers 2 – Sat., May 26, 2018

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Game Notes for Saturday’s SLC @ POR game Available Online

The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Saturday’s contest between Real Monarchs SLC and Timbers 2 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 Taran Meyer in the RSL Communications Department via email at

Real Monarchs and Portland have met on one previous occasion in 2018, a 4-2 victory in favor of the Monarchs in its home opening match on March 31. Led by two goals from DF Kalen Ryden, the Monarchs cruised to victory at Rio Tinto Stadium as Velasquez and DF Nick Besler added to the goal tally in the win. This will be the final regular-season match between the Monarchs and Timbers 2 in 2018.

Real Monarchs 2018 United Soccer League regular-season schedule is as follows:


DAY     DATE               MATCHUP                                NOTE:                                                                           

Sat.      March 24          @ Tulsa Roughnecks               W, 3-2  (Baird, Hoffman, Adams score in victory)

SAT.    MARCH 31       PORTLAND                              W, 4-2 (Besler, Ryden x2, Velasquez earn goals)          

Sat.      April 7              @ Phoenix Rising FC                W, 1-0 (Sparrow, Velasquez play heros to outlast Drogba & Co.)

Wed.    April 11             @ Seattle Sounders 2               W, 3-1 (Kacher x2, Hoffman lead Monarchs at Cheney Stadium)

Sat.      April 21             @ Tampa Bay  Rowdies           L, 0-2 (English Legend Joe Cole leads Rowdies past Monarchs)

MON.   APRIL 30         LAS VEGAS                            D, 0-0 (4,065 fans attend opening of Zions Bank Stadium)

FRI.      MAY 4              ORANGE COUNTY                  W, 2-1 (Mare Scores 90th min. Winner for First ‘W’ at ZBS)

WED.   MAY 9              SWOPE PARK                         W, 4-1 (Ryden Scores Brace, Mare Adds Another in Win)

SAT.    MAY 12            FRESNO                                  W, 1-0 (Chang Scores to Push Monarchs to Top of USL)

Sat.      May 19             @ Las Vegas Lights FC             W, 2-0 (Heard, Velasquez, Leeker Lead Monarchs in Sin City)

Sat.      May 26             @ Portland Timbers 2               T2 now call suburban baseball stadium home

TUE.    MAY 29            SACRAMENTO                        Revenge for 2017 postseason shootout elimination?

MON.   JUNE 4             RIO GRANDE VALLEY             Monday Night Fútbol kicks off Summer

Wed.    June 13             @ Swope Park Rangers             First leg of KC / STL “midwest mayhem” tour

Sat.      June 16             @ Saint Louis FC                      Historic soccer hotbed back on rise

TUE.    JUNE 26          FRESNO                                  Former Whitecaps USL side now calls Fresno home

Tue.     July 3               @ Reno 1868 FC                      2017 side highest-scoring in USL history

Sat.      July 7               @ Sacramento Republic FC      Site of last year’s RSL / Monarchs Open Cup debacle

SAT.    JULY 14           SEATTLE                                 S2 has history of success in Utah

Sat.      July 21             @ San Antonio FC                    Staunch defensive side posts many shutouts at home

SAT.    JULY 28           PHOENIX                                 Drogba and Diplo at ZBRA?

WED.   AUGUST 8       RENO                                      Extended break prior to midweek August debut

Sat.      August 11        @ OKC Energy FC                    Quick turnaround from previous match

SAT.    AUGUST 18     TULSA                                     Roughnecks did well in Utah last season

SAT.    AUGUST 25     LA GALAXY II                          “Los Dos” arrive on Wasatch

Wed.    August 29        @ Colo. Springs Switchbacks    Home of USL “Snowmageddon II” in 2015

MON.   SEPT 3 SAN ANTONIO                                     Labor Day Weekend BBQ in Herriman?

Sun.     Sept. 8             @ Rio Grande Valley Toros       South Texas humidity oppressive this time of year

WED.   SEPT. 12         ST. LOUIS                                Another midweek home game at ZBS

Wed.    Sept. 19           @ Orange County SC               Late September SoCal doubleheader trip

Sat.      Sept. 22           @ LA Galaxy II                         “Los Dos” site of massive 2017 win for Briggs

SAT.    SEPT. 29         COLORADO SPRINGS             Rocky Mountain Rivalry one of best in USL

WED.   OCT. 3             OKLAHOMA CITY                    Inaugural Zions Bank Stadium reg. season finale

Sat.      Oct. 13             @ Fresno FC                            Playoff seeding finalized with this result?

Schedule subject to change;

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Real Monarchs moved away from the home of Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC at Rio Tinto Stadium and christen the new, 5,000 seat Zions Bank Stadium on the campus of the $78 million Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman, Utah. The state-of-the-art venue will boast a full-service press box and broadcasting booth as well as concessions on either side of the stadium. Officially opening April 2018, the Monarchs will host 17 regular-season matches at Zions Bank Stadium in the first year at the league’s newest venue starting with an April 30 match against Las Vegas Lights FC for the first ever “Saints-and-Sinners/I-15” Rivalry.

The Herriman facility provides adjacencies for an on-site charter school in conjunction with the Jordan School District, which opened last August, focusing on STEM disciplines (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls, kicking off a new era for both sports and education in Utah.

Last December in North Logan, Utah, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen christened the opening of 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 7-14) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.