SANDY, Utah (Saturday, July 11, 2020) – Utah Royals FC (1-1-1, 4 points) is set to finish the group stage of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret against Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, July 12. The match will kick off at 8:00 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium and will be streamed live on the CBS All-Access Platform and broadcast locally on the radio on ESPN700.
Sunday’s match comes after Royals FC dropped its first game of the tournament last Wednesday in a 1-0 defeat to OL Reign. Utah was close to earning a point in the match, but Reign were able to score in stoppage time to take the victory. The loss Utah dropped in the standings based on goal differential as the team looks to finish in the top half of the standings ahead of the quarterfinal round.
Against Chicago, URFC has a record of 2-4-0, with a favorable record on home turf, having won two matches in Utah. The last time the two sides faced each other Utah fell 2-1 in the second-to-last match of the 2019 season, officially knocking them out of playoff contention.
How to Follow Utah Royals FC vs. Chicago Red Stars – Sunday, July 12, 2020
·Coverage Begins: 8:00 p.m. MT
·Local TV: N/A
·Digital Streaming: CBS All-Access
·English Radio: ESPN700 w/ Krista Blunk
·Spanish TV: N/A
Game Notes for Saturday’s UTA v. CHI game Available Online
Those seeking the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Sunday’s contest between Utah Royals FC and Chicago Red Stars can be found here. Media members looking to receive the document as an attachment or have further questions are asked to please contact Meg Van Dyk in the URFC Communications Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
URFC sees 20 players from its 2019 roster return to the club for the tournament, led by veteran striker and 2019 team-golden boot winner Amy Rodriguez. She is joined by goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart as well as the defensive core of Rachel Corsie, Katie Bowen and Kelley O’Hara along the backline. In the midfield, URFC will see Vero Boquete return for her second season in Utah alongside Gunny Jonsdottir and Desiree Scott. Joining Rodriguez to spearhead the attack is Brittany Ratcliffe who returns to action after missing the 2019 season due to injury alongside newcomer Arielle Shipp.
URFC will be without forward Christen Press as she chose to opt out of the tournament.
New faces join the squad for the condensed 2020 season as 2020 NWSL Draft picks Tziarra King and Kate Del Fava. A two-sport athlete at Penn State University, Marissa Sheva will feature on the roster for URFC after spending the early part of the 2020 season in the Spanish second division with Deportivo Alavés. Aminata Diallo is expected to be available for selection during the NWSL Challenge Cup.