Utah Royals FC
|Utah Royals FC|
|Surname||Utah Royals FC|
|Seat||Sandy , Utah|
|owner||Dell Loy Hansen|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Laura Harvey|
|Venue||Rio Tinto Stadium|
|league||National Women's Soccer League|
Reg. Season : 6th place
Play-offs: not qualified
The Utah Royals FC is a women's football franchise from Sandy in the greater Salt Lake City in Utah , which since the season 2018 in the National Women's Soccer League plays the highest league in women's football in the USA.
On November 16, 2017, the Real Salt Lake franchise from Major League Soccer announced that it had acquired a team from the National Women's Soccer League. Four days later, the NWSL announced that FC Kansas City would dissolve its team and transfer the player contracts, draft picks and other rights to the new franchise. Subsequently, on November 27, 2017, the new team announced the engagement of Laura Harvey as a trainer and published the name of the new team and its logo on December 1.
The team ended the first season of 2018 with 9 wins, 8 draws and 7 defeats in the regular season in fifth place, which means that the play-offs of the four best teams were only just missed. In addition, the team achieved the second best attendance average behind Portland Thorns FC with an average of almost 10,000 viewers per game.
In the second season , too , the team missed the play-offs. At the end of the regular season, Utah finished sixth in the table with a balanced record (10 wins, 4 draws, 10 defeats).
Utah Royals FC, like Real Salt Lake, play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It can accommodate a total of 20,213 spectators.
- since 2018: Laura Harvey
As of October 29, 2019
- Laura Harvey (trainer)
- Scott Parkinson (Assistant Trainer)
- Amy LePeilbet ( Assistant Trainer)
- Jason Betty (goalkeeping coach)
|year||league||Regular season||Play-offs||Average audience 1||Most successful goalscorer 1|
|2018||NWSL||5th place||not qualified||9,466||Katie Stengel (6)|
|2019||NWSL||6th place||not qualified||10,774||Amy Rodriguez (9)|
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- RSL Communications: Utah Royals FC unveils name, identity for 2018 NWSL season. In: Real Salt Lake. December 1, 2017, accessed December 30, 2017 .
- Utah Royals Players - Real Salt Lake. In: rsl.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019 .