June 19, 2017 - United Soccer League (USL) - Real Monarchs SLC
SANDY, Utah (Monday, June 18, 2017) - Real Monarchs SLC (11-1-0, 33 points, 1st West / 1st Overall in USL) continue their 2017 campaign tonight with a contest against expansion side Reno 1868. The 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff gives Head Coach Mark Briggs ' team a chance to extend its active eight-game win streak - a new record for the third-year club and matching the all-time USL record set by Orlando in 2014 - while improving on the club's perfect 6-0-0 mark at Rio Tinto Stadium this season.
A special "4 for $20" ticket package is available for this Monarchs game; the Rio Tinto Stadium box office is open Mon.-Fri., 10a-6p; more information can be found online at www.RSL.com/Tickets. Current or interested RSL Royalty Season Ticket Members can purchase extra tickets at preferred pricing or gain assistance via the Fan Relations Hotline at 801-727-2702.
Last weekend, the Monarchs rode goals in each half from Academy product Andrew Brody and leading scorer Chandler Hoffman en route to a 2-0 home win over Portland Timbers 2. Midfield catalyst Sebastian Velasquez assisted on both goals, while GK Lalo Fernandez notched his second clean sheet of the season. Hoffman's eight goals on the season rank 3rd overall in the USL, while his next goal will mark his 40th career USL strike.
Now in the club's third season, the Monarchs are re-writing their own record books every time out. A year ago, the 10th and final win was not reached until September 17, while the inaugural 2015 season saw just seven total wins. In its first two seasons, Real Monarchs SLC had totaled just six wins combined in April, May and June, prior to 11 - and counting - this season.
How to Follow Real Monarchs v. Reno 1868 - Mon., June 19, 2017 Coverage Begins: 7:00 p.m. MT Webstream: RSL.com or USLsoccer.com English Radio: ESPN700 AM w/ Bill Riley, Landon Southwick and Carla Haslam Spanish Radio: 1600 AM / 102.3 FM Online: The @RealMonarchs Twitter feed provides updates
Game Guide for Monday's Monarchs v. Reno 1868 game Available Online
The link to the Adobe PDF version of the Game Guide in advance of Monday night's contest between Real Monarchs and Reno 1868 is available at this link. If you have any problems obtaining the document, would prefer to receive it as an attachment, or are seeking more information on the match, please contact Trey Fitz-Gerald in the RSL Communications Department via email at tfitz@RSL.com.
Led by FW Chandler Hoffman (8 goals) and MF Sebastian Velasquez (6 goals, 4 assists) in the first 12 games this season, the Monarchs have scored multiple goals in 10 of its 11 victories, making the club the highest scoring team in the USL, with 30 goals through 12 matches. The Monarchs boast six players with multiple goals, including 13 total goalscorers so far this season. On the other side, the defense led by GKs Connor Sparrow and Lalo Fernandez and two defenders that have played every one of 1080 total minutes this season (DF Max Lachowecki as well as Captain Nick Besler) have allowed just three goals in the last 584 minutes played.
With a win on Monday at home, the Monarchs would surpass Orlando City's USL-record eight-game winning streak, set in 2014:
USL Winning Streaks (regular season)
8 games: Orlando City SC (2014)
8 games: Real Monarchs (active; April 22 - present)
7 games: Swope Park Rangers (2016-17)
7 games: Orlando City SC (2011-12)
7 games: New York Red Bulls II (2016)
The Monarchs enter Monday on a seven-game HOME win streak at Rio Tinto Stadium, dating back to last season, an active run which currently ranks fourth-best in the USL's all-time record book:
USL Home Winning Streaks (incl. playoffs)
13 games: Orlando City SC (2014)
11 games: Rochester Rhinos (2015-16)
8 games: Swope Park Rangers (2016-17)
7 games: Real Monarchs (2016-present)
Coming in late Summer, 2017, the Zions Bank Real Academy opens in Herriman, Utah, approximately 20 minutes southwest of Rio Tinto Stadium. The $60 million facility will serve as the daily training home beginning in 2018 for both of the club's professional teams - RSL (MLS) and Real Monarchs (USL) - while centralizing the club's U-18, U-16 and future U-14 development academy youth selections. Including the 5,000-seat Zions Bank Stadium as well as the Zions Bank Training Center, the Herriman campus will provide adjacencies for an on-site charter school opening this Fall, with STEM disciplines (Science / Technology / Engineering / Math) for nearly 300 boys and girls. View recent video of the Zions Bank Real Academy project.
In mid-November in North Logan, Utah, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen broke ground on the first of a half-dozen regional training centers across Utah and Arizona to be built in the next 2-3 years. Each $5 million RTC houses a classroom, as well as an indoor and outdoor field, dedicated to fulfilling a curriculum consistent with the club's vision and mission for youth soccer training and education, and the continued development of both recreational and competitive pre-Academy (ages 7-12) initiatives across Utah and Arizona.