Utah Royals FC Falls to Chicago Red Stars in Final Group Stage Match

SANDY, Utah – (Sunday, July 12, 2020) – Utah Royals FC (1-2-1, 4 points) fell 1-0 to Chicago Red Stars in the final match of the preliminary stage of the NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret. Casey Short broke the stalemate in the 85th minute with the eventual game-winner. 

Utah Royals will now have to await the results of tomorrow's matches to determine who it will play in the quarterfinal.  

Postgame Quotes from URFCvCHI 

The two teams played to a scoreless first half with both teams having several chances at goal. In the 45th minute Chicago nearly found the back of the net when Morgan Gautrat received the ball unmarked at the top of the 18-yard-box, but goalkeeper Abby Smith came out with a massive kick-save to preserve the 0-0 scoreline heading into the half.  

The second half once again saw several chances from both sides, but it was Chicago who found the back of the net in the 85th minute with a goal from Casey Short who headed home a cross from Savannah McCaskill.  

UP NEXT: URFC will await the results from tomorrow’s matches to determine their seating for the quarterfinals that will take place on Friday, July 17 and Saturday July 18 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.  


CHI: Casey Short (Savannah McCaskill) 85th minute: Savannah McCaskill dribbled and sent a long cross direct to the head of Casey Short who headed it into the back of the net at the near post. 


- Taylor Leach, Aminata Diallo and Arielle Ship all got their first starts as a member of Utah Royals FC, while Taylor Lytle got her first start of the year.  

- Defender Kelley O’Hara made her first appearance of the season when she came on as a substitute in the 71st minute.  

Match: Utah Royals FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

Date: July 12, 2020

Venue: Zions Bank Stadium; Herriman, Utah

Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1          2          F 

Utah Royals FC                  0          0          0

Chicago Red Stars          0          1          1

CHI: Casey Short (Savannah McCaskill) 85’ 


Utah Royals FC (3-5-2): Abby Smith; Taylor Leach (Elizabeth Ball 25’), Rachel Corsie, Gunny Jonsdottir; Katie Bowen (Kelley O’Hara 71’), Maddie Nolf (Lo’eau LaBonta 58’), Aminata Diallo, Taylor Lytle (Tziarra King 71’), Mallory Weber; Arielle Ship, Brittany Ratcliffe (Vero Boquete 46’)

Subs not used: Nicole Barnhert, Melissa Lowder, Kate Del Fava, Michelle Maemone, Diana Matheson, Amy Rodriguez, Gaby Vincent, Holly Daugirda, Gunny Jonsdottir, Marissa Sheva, Chestley Strother, Raisa Strom-Okimoto 

Chicago Red Stars: (4-4-2): Alyssa Naeher; Sarah Gordon, Julie Ertz, Tierna Davidson (Zoey Goralski 32’), Casey Short; Danielle Colaprico, Morgan Gautrat (Hannah Davidson 46’), Vanessa DiBernardo, Savannah McCaskill (Makenzy Doniak 89’); Rachel Hill, Kealia Watt (Michele Vasconcelos 83’)

Subs not used: Yuki Nagasato, Zoe Morse, Ella Stevens, Sarah Luebvert, Emily Boyd, Zoe Redui, Julia Bingham, Cassie Rohan, Kayla Sharples, Bianca St. Georges, Katie Johnson, Cassie Miller 

Stats Summary: UTA / CHI

Shots: 9 / 7

Shots on Goal: 3 / 4

Saves: 3 / 3

Corner Kicks: 3 / 3

Fouls: 14 / 9

Offside: 3 / 1 






Referee: Michael Radchuk

Assistant Referees: Tiffini Turpin, Tom Felice

4th Official: Danielle Chesky