The Info List - Utah Royals FC

Utah Royals FC is an American women's professional soccer club based in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, that plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top flight of American women's soccer. The club was established on December 1, 2017, and began their first professional season in 2018.


On November 16, 2017, Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer announced that it had acquired a franchise in the National Women's Soccer League.[1] On November 20, 2017, the league announced that FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League would fold their club, and the team's player contracts, draft picks, and other rights would be transferred to the new Salt Lake City club.[2] The new Salt Lake City team announced its hiring of former Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey as its inaugural head coach on November 27,[3] and officially launched the team on December 1, 2017, by announcing its name, branding, season tickets, and social media.[4]

Gunnhildur Jonsdottir scored the first goal in franchise history on March 24th, 2018 in the 3' of the club's inaugural match against Orlando Pride.


Name Location Years in use Capacity
Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah 2018–present 20,213

Utah Royals FC play at Rio Tinto Stadium located 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Sandy, Utah, as the men's team, Real Salt Lake, does.[4] Rio Tinto is a soccer-specific stadium which opened on October 9, 2008.[5] The pitch features Kentucky Bluegrass[6] and is 120 × 75 yards.[7] The stadiums seats 20,213 for soccer matches.[7]

Players and coaches

Current squad

As of March 28, 2018[8]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Smith, AbbyAbby Smith  United States
2 Defender Corsie, RachelRachel Corsie  Scotland
3 Defender Moros, BeccaBecca Moros  United States
4 Defender Sauerbrunn, BeckyBecky Sauerbrunn  United States
5 Defender O'Hara, KelleyKelley O'Hara  United States
6 Defender Bowen, KatieKatie Bowen  New Zealand
7 Midfielder Laddish, MandyMandy Laddish  United States
8 Forward Rodriguez, AmyAmy Rodriguez  United States
9 Midfielder LaBonta, Lo'eauLo'eau LaBonta  United States
10 Midfielder Matheson, DianaDiana Matheson  Canada
11 Midfielder Scott, DesireeDesiree Scott  Canada
12 Midfielder Lytle, TaylorTaylor Lytle  United States
14 Defender Arlitt, AlexAlex Arlitt  United States
15 Midfielder Tymrak, ErikaErika Tymrak  United States
17 Defender Miramontez, SydneySydney Miramontez  United States
18 Goalkeeper Barnhart, NicoleNicole Barnhart  United States
19 Midfielder Gorry, KatrinaKatrina Gorry  Australia
20 Forward Thorsnes, EliseElise Thorsnes  Norway
23 Midfielder Jónsdóttir, GunnhildurGunnhildur Jónsdóttir  Iceland
24 Forward Stengel, KatieKatie Stengel  United States
25 Forward Ratcliffe, BrittanyBrittany Ratcliffe  United States
33 Defender Elby, BrookeBrooke Elby  United States
44 Forward Kelly, MaeganMaegan Kelly  Canada
88 Midfielder Newfield, AlexaAlexa Newfield  United States

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach England Laura Harvey
Assistant coach England Scott Parkinson

Statistics and records


As of December 1, 2017
Season NWSL Finals Top Scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Position Player Goals
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1st TBD TBD TBD

Head coaches record

As of December 1, 2017
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Laura Harvey  England December 1, 2017 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 !

See also


  1. ^ Torres, Maria (November 16, 2017). "Announcement of new team in Salt Lake means women's pro soccer is likely done in KC". Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Torres, Maria (November 20, 2017). "FC Kansas City women's soccer team folds, NWSL sends players to Salt Lake City". Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ Lee, Maddie (November 27, 2017). "Real Salt Lake hires Laura Harvey to coach new women's soccer team". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Utah Royals FC unveils name, identity for 2018 NWSL season". Real Salt Lake. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "RSL confirms Oct. 9 stadium opening". The Salt Lake Tribune. August 5, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Real Salt Lake: Long-awaited field renovation underway at Rio Tinto Stadium". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, UT 84070 Salt Lake City Sports". Visit Salt Lake. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Utah Royals Players". Utah Royals FC. 

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