So, you fell in love with women’s soccer during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, watching the best and brightest of the United States Women’s National Team take home the title. The excitement of the tournament has brought you here to the National Women’s Soccer League and our very own Utah Royals FC.
First & foremost, let me be the first to welcome you to this club and fandom! We are thrilled that you have selected Royalty and chosen to wear the crown of Utah Royals FC.
Whether you’re new to women’s soccer, or you are intimately familiar with the in's and out’s of this beautiful game, we’d like to take a moment to go over a few things you may need to know.
First off, all we ask is that you support the team!
What, might you ask, is the best way to do this? Let us break it down for you.
1. Get to know the team.
Utah Royals FC is made up of more than 25 uniquely talented women from all corners of the world and all walks of life.
Chances are you came to know of us because of our trio of Americans, Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press and Becky Sauerbrunn. However, did you know we have another player who has also previously won a World Cup? Forward Amy Rodriguez was part of the Stars and Stripes that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and placed second in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In addition to their success at the World Cup, O’Hara, Sauerbrunn and Rodriguez along with goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart have won gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
While we may pull for the Red, White and Blue in major tournaments, we have a vested interest in the success of several other countries, thanks to our six internationals, some of which you may have seen compete this summer. Katie Bowen hails from New Zealand, Rachel Corsie from Scotland, Gunny Jónsdóttir from Iceland and Diana Matheson and Desiree Scott represent Canada.
Our sixth and final international is a legend in her own right. Vero Boquete, the former captain of the Spainish national team, is the all-time leading scorer for her home country with 38 goals. Additionally, she has won five league championships, including the 2015 UEFA Champions League.
Not only have our players succeed at the highest international level, but they’ve reached the peak height of youth soccer. In 2012, Katie Stengel, Mandy Laddish and Abby Smith were part of the roster to win the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
And that’s just the start, take some time and get to know the rest of the squad!
2. Get to know us on the internet.
If you want to know anything about Utah Royals FC, the best place to start is our social media channels.
This is where we post all of our fun content, including interviews with players, feature stories and hilarious bits, along with the most up-to-date information on everything that is going on.
While the best place to see the team play is at Rio Tinto Stadium, the squad does play matches on the road in one of eight cities, which may be close to where you live! In the remainder of the season we will travel to play road matches in Tacoma, Wa., Orlando, Fl., Chicago, Il., Houston, Tx. and Cary, N.C.
If you can’t make it to a match, all of our games are streamed live on the KSL TV app, kslsports.com & Yahoo! Sports. All our road games appear on KMYU, too, if you live in Utah. Additionally, NWSL just signed a broadcast deal with ESPN. Our match against North Carolina Courage on July 27 will be broadcast nationally on ESPNNews.
3. Come to a game!
The most important and critical part to supporting the team is attending a match at our home, Rio Tinto Stadium. There are six remaining home matches this season, attendance to which can be purchased here!
Whether it’s your first, or your 20th match, everyone is welcome at the RioT and we cannot wait to see you there!
Just make sure to proudly sport your crown and become a part of our Royal family.