Utah Royals FC vs. Sky Blue FC
June 2, 2018; Yurcak Field
5:00 p.m. MT; KMYU, KSL TV app, REWIND 100.7 FM
UTA (2-2-5, 11 points); SBFC (0-7-1, 1 point)
Player to Watch:
Shea Groom plays as the forward wing for Sky Blue and has played an important role in developing their attack. Last year, Groom led Kansas City with a team-high five goals and five assists. Don’t let her small-size fool you – Groom is a natural goal scorer.
Matchup to Watch:
MF Thaisa Moreno vs. MF Gunny Jonsdottir. For spectators watching, the Moreno and Gunny duel in the midfield is the match-up to see. Jonsdottir, who leads the team in fouls won (29), and fouls conceded (18), will have to take on the physical Moreno, who likes to take on her opponents with the dribble. With both teams missing players due to International call ups and injury, the game will come down to who can control the center of the pitch.
This will be the first time these two teams have met – but the members of Sky Blue know URFC well. Players like Shea Groom and Christina Gibbons played with FC Kansas City last season and appeared in most of the matches with URFC mainstays like Becca Moros.
Last 5 Overall:
Sky Blue FC is currently in the midst of their longest losing streak (5) in franchise history, and longest-losing home streak in NWSL history. That being said, Sky Blue FC’s most recent matches against Seattle Reign (May 26), Chicago Red Stars (May 23), and Washington Spirit (May 19), were all close games, with SBFC falling by just one goal in each match.