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April 16, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Real Salt Lake News Release

Real Salt Lake

RSL got back in the win column on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC at Rio Tinto Stadium to improve to 2-4-1 (7 points). Sam Johnson scored his first MLS goal in the first half and Damir Kreilach added his second of the year in the second half as RSL held off a late comeback from the visitors to improve to 2-1-0 at home. Nedum Onuoha made the Team of the Week while Nick Rimando made four saves to preserve the win.

RSL now plays three of its next four matches on the road, starting on Friday night against expansion FC Cincinnati. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on KMYU and streamed on the KSL TV app and, with radio coverage on ESPN700.

Utah Royals FC

Royals FC kicks off the 2019 season on Saturday, playing host to the Washington Spirit, who won 2-0 over Sky Blue FC on NWSL's opening weekend last week. URFC played one final tune-up scrimmage on Monday night at America First Field and enters the 2019 season looking to improve on a 9-7-8 mark in 2018 that saw the club miss the postseason by just two points.

Saturday's match kicks off at 7 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium, with postmatch fireworks to follow in the official sendoff match for Utah's seven players heading to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Real Monarchs SLC

The Monarchs (2-2-2, 8 points) suffered a 5-1 loss to New Mexico United on Saturday in Albuquerque. The Monarchs got off to a 1-0 lead when Jack Blake scored his third goal of the season in the 16th minute, but then an onslaught from New Mexico saw them take a 4-1 lead into halftime. The home side added one more in the second half to stave off any attempts at a comeback from the Monarchs, who drop to 0-2-1 on the road this season. Pablo Ruiz and Tate Schmitt both started the match on loan from RSL, while David Ochoa let in more than one goal for the first time this season.

Real Monarchs return home on Saturday to face San Antonio FC at 5 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium.

RSL Academy

The U-17s had a strong opening to the prestigious Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas, earning wins over NYCFC in a shootout and Lyon from France after a late goal sealed the victory and advancement to the Quarterfinal Round. In the third Group Stage match, RSL fell 1-0 to River Plate from Argentina, leaving them second in the group.

In the quarterfinals, RSL's U-17s will face Valencia from Spain at 4:30 p.m. MT with live streaming at

Meanwhile the U-19s kicked off Dallas Cup in Frisco on Monday night. Luis Arriaga scored two goals, but it wasn't enough to hold off Arsenal from England in a 3-2 defeat in the opening match. RSL faces Toronto FC on Tuesday at 9 a.m. MT for the second match in the Gordon Jago Super Group featuring the top U-19 teams from around the world.

State of Sport Awards

Last Wednesday, Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC were honored at the 2019 Governor's State of Sport Awards. The Utah Royals FC inaugural home match was honored as the 2018 Event of the Year and RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen was recognized as Partner of the Year for his contributions in making Utah a State of Sport. After the awards ceremony, MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave the keynote speech and Alexi Lalas hosted a panel discussion featuring Garber, Mr. Hansen, NWSL President Amanda Duffy and RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

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