Real Salt Lake Weekly Update
HERRIMAN, Utah - Real Salt Lake returns to the road for the third leg of preseason in Orlando, Florida while Real Monarchs SLC bolstered its attack. Utah Royals FC announced its technical staff and added to its roster ahead of its inaugural season while the seniors at the RSL Academy announced where they intend to play college soccer. Here is what you need to know around the club this week:
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In an innovative and unprecedented technological endeavor, Real Salt Lake has partnered with KSL to digitally deliver more than 200 hours of live professional games featuring RSL, Utah Royals FC and Real Monarchs via streaming to fans across Utah and surrounding communities, RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen, KSL Vice President Tanya Vea and Deseret Digital Media President Greg Peterson jointly announced on Tuesday.
The introduction of the multi-year digital streaming partnership delivers each live three-hour Real Salt Lake game window and two-hour Utah Royals FC and Real Monarchs contests, select RSL Academy home games, as well as weekly highlight, magazine and coach's shows and other ancillary content to users' phones, tablets and streaming devices via the "KSL TV" application and www.KSL.com.
The club announced on Monday that the club has signed GK Alex Horwath (pronounced HORE-vath), pending receipt of his ITC, to round out the contingent of goalkeepers ahead of the 2018 season. Horwath joined RSL for training on Sunday at Zions Bank Training Center before the club departs for Orlando, Florida, for the third and final leg of preseason training.
Horwath, 30, has played the last three seasons for SK Brann in Norway, where he helped the club earn promotion to the first division after the 2015 season. Prior to that, he played one season with Ljungskile SK in Sweden, posting 14 shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average in 30 starts during the 2014 season.
A product of the University of Wisconsin, Horwath signed with Major League Soccer as a pool goalkeeper for the 2010 season before landing with the New York Red Bulls in 2011. In his only MLS appearance on March 26, 2011, he made four saves in posting a shutout in a scoreless draw against the Columbus Crew. He played 2012 with the Wilmington Hammerheads and 2013 with VSI Tampa Bay FC before moving abroad in 2014. In his professional career, he has 37 shutouts in 106 appearances across all competitions.
Last Wednesday the club announced the signing of MF Damir Kreilach from Union Berlin using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) ahead of the 2018 season. Kreilach will occupy an international roster slot and will join the club in preseason, pending receipt of his ITC and visa.
Kreilach, 28, made his final appearance for Union Berlin on Monday night, logging 71 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld. He played the last five seasons for Union Berlin in the German second division, scoring 33 goals in 147 matches, highlighted by a 12-goal season in 32 matches in 2015-16. He has two goals in 16 matches this season. Prior to his move to Germany, he played for Rijeka in the Croatian first division, making his debut at 18 years old in the 2007-08 season, playing 128 matches in six seasons while scoring 19 goals. He was the club's top goalscorer in the 2011-12 season with nine goals.
RSL will now look ahead to its preseason trip to Orlando, Florida where it will play two matches against MLS opponents. RSL will face Orlando City SC on February 17 and New York City FC on February 22 to close out the second and final preseason road trip of 2018.
Tickets to see RSL in 2018 can be purchased at RSL.com or by calling 844.REAL.TIX.
Utah Royals FC
Last Friday Utah Royals FC formally unveiled its complete 2018 Technical Staff, Head Coach Laura Harvey and Managing Director Stephanie Lee announced today.
An experienced NWSL administrator, Stephanie Lee arrives in Utah after three years working closely with Harvey in Seattle, where she served as the Director of Soccer and Player Operations for Seattle Reign FC. During her time with the Reign in her native Pacific Northwest, the San Diego State graduate handled all non-technical aspects of first-team operations, oversaw facility operations, scheduling, player relations and needs, while serving as the primary point of contact for the club's game day operations. In 2015, Stephanie worked as the Team Administration Manager and Camp and Community Relations Manager for Seattle, while studying to receive her Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership at Seattle University.
Lee, Harvey and previously announced Assistant Coach Scott Parkinson have worked together, along with Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel, to identify and hire the following individuals to complete the club's 2018 Technical Staff: Assistant Coach Amy LePeilbet, a former United States Women's National Team player and Utah resident; Goalkeeper Coach Jason Batty, a former New Zealand MNT netminder; Sports Performance Coach Melissa Terry; Head Athletic Trainer Emily Fortunato; Equipment Manager Karly Cebula; and Team Administrator Philippe Tabet.
On Monday Utah Royals FC announced it has added four players to its 2018 inaugural preseason roster, as a quartet of accomplished former FC Kansas City members - New Zealand international DF Katie Bowen, former U.S. WNT 'keeper Nicole Barnhart and 2014/15 NWSL champions Rebecca Moros and Alex Arlitt - have officially joined the club.
Last Thursday, Utah Royals FC have added a quintet of NWSL veterans to its inaugural preseason roster, as MF Maegan Kelly, FW Brittany Ratcliffe, MF Alexa Newfield, DF Sydney Miramontez and MF Lo'eau LaBonta will officially arrive in Utah next week, General Manager Craig Waibel and Head Coach Laura Harvey announced.
Utah Royals FC season tickets are now on sale to the general public and fans can call 844.REAL.TIX now to claim their seats.
Real Monarchs SLC
Real Monarchs announced the signing of MF Mastanabal "Masta" Kacher on Monday, pending the approval of his P1 Visa, league and federation approval.
Kacher, 22, has spent three seasons in the United Soccer League, playing the 2015 and 2016 seasons at FC Montreal where he played in 36 matches scoring two goals while in QuÃ©bec. A move away from Canada after the 2016 season saw Kacher land with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC where he started and played all 32 matches in 2017 - the only player to do so in the USL - totaling 2710 minutes while scoring and assisting seven times. Kacher featured on the USL Team of the Week on four occasions last season and his goal against the Monarchs on April 15 was a USL Goal of the Year finalist.
Last Friday the club announced the promotion of former MF Danny Cruz to assistant coach of the club, effective immediately. Cruz joined reigning USL Coach of the Year Mark Briggs' staff for the 2018 season as the club looks to defend its 2017 USL Regular-Season title.
Arriving at the Utah club from the San Francisco Deltas of the NASL in August 2017, Cruz appeared in nine matches for the Monarchs in 2017, playing 617 minutes while making six starts.
Prior to signing with the Monarchs, Cruz, 28, logged 137 career Major League Soccer appearances, 99 of them in a starting role. The Virginia-born, California/Arizona native began his professional career with the Houston Dynamo in 2009 after being selected in the third round (41st overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He played three seasons with the Dynamo before moving to D.C. United for the 2012 season. He then played two years with the Philadelphia Union in 2013 and 2014, amassing 12 goals and 13 assists in his MLS career. During the 2015 season, he went on loan to FK Bodo/Glimt in Norway. In 2016, he played for Minnesota United FC in the NASL, remaining in the second division to kick off the 2017 campaign with the San Francisco Deltas after leaving Minnesota
Real Monarchs SLC and the Real Salt Lake Academy played a scrimmage match on Monday evening at the Zions Bank Training in Herriman. The Monarchs toppled the Academy side with head coach Mark Briggs fielding two different lineups on either side of halftime in the 4-0 win. FWs Chandler Hoffman and Juan Ignacio Mare both notched goals as MFs Masta Kasher along with trialist Joshua Heard both added goals in the victory.
Tickets to see the Monarchs in the inaugural season at the new 5,000 seat Zions Bank Stadium on the campus of the $78 million Zions Bank Real Academy are available here: www.RSL.com/Monarchs/Schedule.
Real Salt Lake Academy
On Tuesday seven RSL Academy players announced where they intend to play college soccer for the 2018 season. Listed below or the commitments from the seniors by position and school:
GK Jacob Jackson - Loyola Marymount University
MF Diran Bebekian - UC Santa Barbara
MF Sammy Tojaga - University of Akron
MF Zahir Vasquez - Utah Valley University
MF Eric Virgen - University of New Mexico
MF Glademir Mendoza - University of New Mexico
FW Sebastian Soto - University of California at Berkeley
The U-17s look ahead to the Generation adidas Cup Spring Regional event held in Carson, California. The younger RSL group will play the Portland Timbers on February 16 (5:00 p.m. MT), Seattle Sounders on February 17 (7:00 p.m. MT) before finishing the showcase on February 19 against the San Jose Earthquakes at 12:00 p.m. MT.
Both Academy teams will return to U.S. Soccer Development Academy action on February 24 against FC Golden State at the Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman. The U-17s will open proceedings at 11:00 a.m. before the U-19s match at 1:30 p.m. The Academy's full match schedule can be viewed here: rsla.ussoccerda.com.
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