THIS WEEK AT RSL
Week of March 18 - March 23
Real Salt Lake
RSL fell to 1-1-1 (4 points) with a 5-0 defeat on the road against D.C. United after seeing Jefferson Savarino and Marcelo Silva sent off during the club’s first ever match at Audi Field. RSL was down 2-0 at halftime and lost Savarino to a red card in first-half stoppage time. Wayne Rooney finished off his hat trick early in the second half and D.C. added two more after Silva was sent off after picking up his second yellow card.
Real Salt Lake will look to rebound this week against LAFC at Banc of California Stadium, but will do so without Savarino and Silva due to suspension and four others who are away on international duty. Corey Baird (U.S.), Sam Johnson (Liberia), Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) and Julian Vazquez (Mexico U-18) will all miss Saturday’s match while away on international duty, with all six slated to be available in RSL’s next home match on March 30 against FC Dallas.
Saturday’s kickoff from Banc of California Stadium against LAFC is set for 8:30p MT. The match will be broadcast live on KMYU and streamed on the KSL TV app and KSL.com, with radio coverage on ESPN700.
Utah Royals FC
Utah Royals FC just finished its second week of preseason and the first week with the full roster after players returned from international duty.
On Sunday, the Governor’s State of Sport Awards announced that Utah Royals FC’s inaugural home match last season was the 2018 Event of the Year, bringing accolades to the entire organization. The State of Sport Awards ceremony will take place on April 10 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The team heads to California on Monday for preseason matches before opening the 2019 season at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Washington Spirit on April 20.
Real Monarchs SLC
The Monarchs (0-0-2, 2 points) opened the home portion of the 2019 USL Championship schedule on Saturday, playing to a scoreless draw with expansion side El Paso Locomotive FC. Goalkeeper David Ochoa, on loan from RSL, put forth a solid performance to earn his first professional shutout and keep the opposition at bay for the second consecutive week.
The Monarchs now turn its focus to LA Galaxy II on Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. MT with tickets to the match at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman available at RealMonarchs.com/tickets.
The RSL Academy hosted FC Golden State in Herriman over the weekend as the U-19s topped the visitors 2-1 behind goals from Benjamin Ortiz and Erwin Martinez. Ortiz now has seven goals on the year, drawing level with teammate Bryce Duke in second place on the team’s scoring chart. Saturday’s goal marked the first for Martinez who has featured in 17 matches for the U-19s this season, who are now 10-3-5 on the season.
In the U-17s match against FC Golden State, RSL stormed back from two goals down to win 3-2. The U-17s got goals from Pablo Caparelli, Chris Garcia and Alejandro Silva to secure a second straight victory at home. Now 9-7-2 and within striking distance of a playoff berth with five matches left to play.
RSL will host Strikers FC on Saturday in Herriman for its third of seven straight regular season matches at home to close out the regular season. The U-17s will kick off first at 11:00 a.m. MT followed by the U-19s at 1:30 p.m. MT.
The Scoring for Schools events continue this week with visits scheduled for Tuesday at Foothills Elementary in Riverton and Thursday at Bastian Elementary in Herriman. In addition, on Thursday the Foundation will be part of Riley Elementary’s Career Night.