2019 Utah Royals FC season

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Utah Royals FC
2019 season
OwnerDell Loy Hansen
Head CoachLaura Harvey
StadiumRio Tinto Stadium
NWSL
Top goalscorerAmy Rodriguez (9)
Highest home attendance18,015 vs Washington Spirit, April 20th, 2019
Lowest home attendance5,777 vs Sky Blue, June 15th, 2019
Average home league attendance10,774
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The 2019 Utah Royals FC season marks the team's second year of existence and its second season in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of the American soccer pyramid.[1]

In an effort to improve on the team's 5th place finish in 2018, the Royals signed former Spanish international and Spain's all-time leading scorer Vero Boquete for the 2019 season.[2]

Utah encountered numerous injury problems to start the season as both Brittany Ratcliffe and Taylor Lytle suffered season ending injuries before the season began.[3] Canadian international Diana Matheson suffered a toe injury with the Canadian National Team which would require surgery, this injury would also force her to miss the World Cup.[4] To help deal with these absences, Utah claimed Mallory Weber off waivers from the Portland Thorns.[5]

Six members of the Royals would miss games due to their participation at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press for the United States, Desiree Scott for Canada, Katie Bowen for New Zealand and Rachel Corsie for Scotland.[6]

The Royals would lose another player at the end of June as defender Samantha Johnson announced her retirement from professional soccer.[7]

Defender Kelley O'Hara suffered an ankle injury during the first USWNT victory tour match on August 3rd, she would miss the remainer of Utah's season due to this injury.[8]

On August 14th, Royals forward Christen Press was named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 17, this was the first time a player on the Utah Royals had received this award.[9] Press was also named Player of the Month for August, which was also a first for the club.[10]

The Royals were eliminated from playoff contention on September 28th after their fourth consecutive loss.

Utah defender Becky Sauerbrunn was named 2019 NWSL Defender of the Year, this was her fourth time winning the award, as she had previously won it three times while playing for FC Kansas City. [11]

Competitions[edit]

Pre Season[edit]

NWSL Regular Season[edit]

Overall Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 North Carolina Courage (C) 24 15 4 5 54 23 +31 49 NWSL Shield
2 Chicago Red Stars 24 14 2 8 41 28 +13 44 NWSL Playoffs
3 Portland Thorns FC 24 11 7 6 40 31 +9 40
4 Reign FC 24 10 8 6 27 27 0 38
5 Washington Spirit 24 9 7 8 30 25 +5 34
6 Utah Royals FC 24 10 4 10 25 25 0 34
7 Houston Dash 24 7 5 12 21 36 −15 26
8 Sky Blue FC 24 5 5 14 20 34 −14 20
9 Orlando Pride 24 4 4 16 24 53 −29 16
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
24 34 10 10 4 25 25  0 7 4 1 15 12  +3 3 6 3 10 13  −3

Last updated: October 12, 2019
Source: NWSL Results
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324
GroundHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAHAAHAH
ResultWWWLDWLWDLLDLLWWWDWLLLLW
Position[a]421221322456776544444556
Source: NWSLsoccer.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
  1. ^ UTA's position at the end of the matchweek not the match itself.

Match results[edit]

April[edit]
May[edit]
June[edit]
July[edit]
August[edit]
September[edit]
October[edit]

Stats[edit]

As of October 12, 2019

Honors and awards[edit]

As of October 24, 2019.

NWSL awards[edit]

Best XI[edit]

Player Position Ref
United States Becky Sauerbrunn Defender [12]
United States Christen Press Forward [12]

Second XI[edit]

Player Position Ref
United States Kelley O'Hara Defender [12]

NWSL Monthly Awards[edit]

NWSL Player of the Month[edit]

Month Result Player Ref.
August Won United States Christen Press [10]

NWSL Team of the Month[edit]

Month Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Ref
April United States Becky Sauerbrunn United States Christen Press [13]
May Scotland Rachel Corsie Spain Vero Boquete United States Amy Rodriguez [14]
June United States Amy Rodriguez [15]
August United States Lo'eau LaBonta United States Christen Press
United States Amy Rodriguez
[16]

NWSL Weekly Awards[edit]

NWSL Player of the Week[edit]

Week Result Player Ref.
17 Won United States Christen Press [17]

NWSL Goal of the Week[edit]

Week Result Player Ref.
2 Nominated United States Lo'Eau LaBonta [18]
3 Nominated United States Christen Press [19]
4 Nominated United States Amy Rodriguez [20]
5 Nominated United States Amy Rodriguez [21]
6 Nominated United States Amy Rodriguez [22]
7 Nominated United States Makenzy Doniak [23]
9 Won United States Amy Rodriguez [24][25]
14 Won United States Christen Press [26]
15 Won United States Christen Press [27]
17 Won United States Amy Rodriguez [28]
18 Won United States Christen Press [29]
21 Won United States Becky Sauerbrunn [30]
25 Nominated United States Amy Rodriguez [29]

NWSL Save of the Week[edit]

Week Result Player Ref.
3 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [31]
4 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [32]
7 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [33]
10 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [34]
13 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [35]
16 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [36]
21 Won United States Nicole Barnhart [37]
24 Nominated United States Nicole Barnhart [38]

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

  • Age calculated as of the start of the 2019 season.
As of August 5, 2019[2][39][40][41]
No. Name Nationality Positions Date of birth (age) Signed from Year with club (year signed)
1 Abby Smith  United States GK (1993-10-04)October 4, 1993 (aged 25) United States Boston Breakers 2 (2018)
2 Rachel Corsie  Scotland DF (1989-08-17)August 17, 1989 (aged 29) United States Seattle Reign 2 (2018)
3 Rebecca Moros  United States DF (1985-05-06)May 6, 1985 (aged 33) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
4 Becky Sauerbrunn  United States DF (1985-06-06)June 6, 1985 (aged 33) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
5 Kelley O'Hara  United States DF (1988-08-04)August 4, 1988 (aged 30) United States Sky Blue FC 2 (2018)
6 Katie Bowen  New Zealand DF (1994-04-15)April 15, 1994 (aged 24) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
7 Mandy Laddish  United States MF (1992-05-13)May 13, 1992 (aged 26) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
8 Amy Rodriguez  United States FW (1987-02-17)February 17, 1987 (aged 32) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
9 Lo'eau LaBonta  United States MF (1993-03-18)March 18, 1993 (aged 26) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
10 Diana Matheson  Canada MF (1984-04-06)April 6, 1984 (aged 35) United States Seattle Reign FC 2 (2018)
11 Desiree Scott  Canada MF (1987-07-31)July 31, 1987 (aged 31) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
12 Taylor Lytle  United States MF (1989-03-31)March 31, 1989 (aged 30) United States Sky Blue FC 2 (2018)
13 Makenzy Doniak  United States FW (1994-02-25)February 25, 1994 (aged 25) United States North Carolina Courage 2 (2018)
14 Gaby Vincent  United States DF (1997-12-07)December 7, 1997 (aged 21) United States University of Louisville 1 (2019)
15 Erika Tymrak  United States MF (1991-08-07)August 7, 1991 (aged 27) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
17 Sydney Miramontez  United States DF (1994-10-11)October 11, 1994 (aged 24) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
18 Nicole Barnhart  United States GK (1981-10-10)October 10, 1981 (aged 37) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
19 Michelle Maemone  United States DF (1997-03-18)March 18, 1997 (aged 22) United States Pepperdine University 1 (2019)
20 Mallory Weber  United States FW (1994-04-04)April 4, 1994 (aged 25) United States Portland Thorns 1 (2019)
21 Verónica Boquete  Spain FW (1987-04-09)April 9, 1987 (aged 32) China Beijing BG Phoenix 1 (2019)
22 Madeline Nolf  United States DF (1996-03-29)March 29, 1996 (aged 23) United States Penn State University 1 (2019)
23 Christen Press  United States FW (1988-12-29)December 29, 1988 (aged 30) Sweden Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 2 (2018)
24 Katie Stengel  United States FW (1992-02-29)February 29, 1992 (aged 27) United States Boston Breakers 2 (2018)
25 Brittany Ratcliffe  United States FW (1994-02-07)February 7, 1994 (aged 25) United States FC Kansas City 2 (2018)
42 Raisa Strom-Okimoto  United States FW United States University of Hawaii 1 (2019)
66 Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir  Iceland MF (1988-09-28)September 28, 1988 (aged 30) Norway Vålerenga 2 (2018)
Melissa Lowder  United States GK United States Santa Clara University 1 (2019)

Player Transactions[edit]

As of August 3, 2019''[2]

Transfers In[edit]

Player Position Previous Club Fees/Notes Date
Spain Verónica Boquete MF China Beijing BG Phoenix Signed [2] 01/04/19
United States Gaby Vincent DF University of Louisville Signed [42] 04/17/19
United States Mallory Weber FW Portland Thorns Acquired off the NWSL Waiver Wire [5] 05/13/19
United States Raisa Strom-Okimoto DF University of Hawaii Signed [43] 07/26/19
United States Melissa Lowder GK Santa Clara University Signed [43] 07/26/19

Transfers Out[edit]

Player Position Next Club Fees/Notes Date
United States Alex Arlitt DF unattached option declined 10/01/18
Australia Katrina Gorry MF Australia Brisbane Roar [44] option declined 10/01/18
Norway Elise Thorsnes FW Norway LSK Kvinner [45] option declined 10/01/18
United States Samantha Johnson DF retired[7] 06/28/19

2019 NWSL College Draft[edit]

Source: National Women's Soccer League[46]
Round Pick Nat. Player Pos. Previous Team
Round 3 23 United States Michelle Maemone D Pepperdine
Round 3 26 United States Madeline Nolf D Penn State
Round 4 32 United States Alexandra Kimball M North Carolina

References[edit]

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