Real Monarchs

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Real Monarchs
Real Monarchs logo.svg
Full nameReal Monarchs SLC
Founded2014 (7 years ago) (2014)
StadiumZions Bank Stadium
Herriman, Utah
Capacity5,000
OwnerReal Salt Lake (Dell Loy Hansen)
PresidentRob Zarkos[1]
Head CoachJámison Olave
LeagueUSL Championship
202014th Place, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Real Monarchs is a professional soccer club playing in the USL Championship, the second division of American soccer. The team is owned by, and operates as the reserve team of, the Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake. While the senior club is based, and plays, in Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah, Real Monarchs SLC are based in the Real Salt Lake training facility in Herriman, Utah, playing out of Zions Bank Stadium.[2][3]

In 2017, Real Monarchs won the USL Regular Season Championship, the equivalent in the second division of the Supporters Shield. In 2019, Real Monarchs won their first outright USL Championship, defeating two-time champions Louisville City FC 3-1 at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky. The Monarchs are the second MLS reserve team, after New York Red Bulls II to win the second division title, and the first to do so as USL Championship Western Conference champion.

As a fully owned MLS affiliate of Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs do not enter the U.S. Open Cup.

History[edit]

RSL Academy coach Freddy Juarez was named Head Coach on December 23, 2014.[4] The Monarchs played the LA Galaxy II to a scoreless tie in their USL debut on March 22, 2015 in Carson, California.[5]

At the end of the 2016 season, Freddy Juarez was promoted to be an assistant coach for the Monarchs' parent team, Real Salt Lake and Mike Petke was brought in as his replacement along with Mark Briggs and Jamison Olave as his assistants. On March 29, 2017, Petke was promoted to Real Salt Lake's head coach following the dismissal of Jeff Cassar, and Briggs was announced as his replacement.

On June 19, 2017, the Real Monarchs broke the All-Time USL Record with nine consecutive victories by beating Reno 1868 2–1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The club won their first ever trophy on October 7, 2017, claiming the USL's regular season title with a 1–1 draw against Whitecaps FC 2.

The 2018 Season finished with a first round playoff exit after Head Coach Mark Briggs was replaced by interim coach Jamison Olave.

Prior to the 2019 season, Martin Vasquez was named head coach. Vasquez resigned from the head coaching position on July 1, 2019. Jamison Olave took over once again as interim coach.

On July 13, 2019, Douglas Martinez Jr. recorded the club's first ever hat trick in a 5-0 win over Tacoma Defiance at Zions Bank Stadium.

On November 9, 2019 The Monarchs won the 2019 Western Conference Championship and advanced to the USL Championship finals for the first time in club's history by defeating the El Paso Locomotive FC FC 2–1 in extra time. On November 17, Real Monarchs won their first USL Championship, defeating two-time champions Louisville City FC 3-1 at Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Kentucky. The Monarchs are the second MLS reserve team, after New York Red Bulls II to win the second division title.

Stadium[edit]

Beginning in 2018, Real Monarchs will play home matches at Zions Bank Stadium, a 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Herriman. The stadium is adjacent to the training facilities and academy for Real Salt Lake.

Real Monarchs played their first three seasons at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, the 20,000-seat home of Real Salt Lake.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of December 16, 2020[6]

No. Position Player Nation
40 Defender James Moberg  United States
54 Midfielder Sam Brown  United States
55 Goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton  United States
Defender Kyle Adams  New Zealand
Midfielder Brayan Gómez  Colombia
Forward Max Mata  New Zealand
Midfielder Josimar Quintero  Ecuador
Defender Kevin Saucedo  Colombia
  1. ^
    Signed to first team contract with Real Salt Lake.
  2. ^

Technical & coaching staff[edit]

Title Name
General manager Elliot Fall
Executive VP of soccer operations Rob Zarkos
Head coach Jámison Olave
Assistant coach Matt Glaeser
Goalkeeping coach Mirza Harambasic
Video analyst Preston Gayton
Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Thamm
Head athletic trainer Kyle "Simi" Simkovich
Head team physician Stephen Kirk
Team administrator Taymour Roushdi
Logistics coordinator Kasia Kampf
Kit man Randy Butts

Last updated: January 21, 2019
Source: Real Monarchs

Head coaches[edit]

As of October 4, 2020[7]
Real Monarchs Coaching Stats
Coach Nation Start End Games Win Loss Tie Win %
Freddy Juarez United States December 23, 2014 December 6, 2016 60 18 28 14 30.00%
Mike Petke United States December 22, 2016 March 29, 2017 1 1 0 0 100%
Mark Briggs England March 29, 2017 August 23, 2018 56 35 11 10 62.50%
Jámison Olave (interim) Colombia August 23, 2018 January 21, 2019 11 3 7 1 27.27%
Martín Vásquez United States January 21, 2019 July 1, 2019 15 6 6 3 40.00%
Jámison Olave (interim) Colombia July 1, 2019 November 20, 2019 23 14 4 5 60.87%
Jámison Olave Colombia November 20, 2019 present 16 3 11 2 18.75%

Honors[edit]

All-time top goalscorers[edit]

  • Players in bold are still active with Real Monarchs; includes all competitive matches.
  • Includes regular season and playoffs.
  • As of November 12, 2019.
Rank Player Nation Years Goals
1 Chandler Hoffman United States 2017–2018 29
2 Maikel Chang Cuba 2018–present 18
3 Douglas Martinez Honduras 2019–present 17
4 Sebastián Velásquez Colombia 2017–2018 16
5 Jack Blake England 2018–present 13
6 Kalen Ryden United States 2018–present 9
Ricardo Velazco United States 2015–2017 9
Max Rauhofer Uruguay 2015 9
9 Charlie Adams England 2016–2018 8
10 Daniel Haber Canada 2017 7

Record[edit]

Year by Year

Year Division League Regular Season W-L-T Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2015 3 USL 7–13–8 12th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 4,968
2016 3 USL 10–14–6 11th, Western Did not qualify Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 2,528
2017 2 USL 19–5–6 1st, Western Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 2,195
2018 2 USL 19–12–3 4th, Western Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,731
2019 2 USLC 16-10-8 4th, Western Champions Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,983
2020 2 USLC 3-11-2 14th, Western
4th, Group C
Did not qualify Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) N/A

Broadcasting[edit]

As part of their broadcast rights with its parent team, KMYU (TV) and the KSL website and apps (streaming) have occasionally aired Monarchs matches. All games are broadcast on ESPN+ as part of the USL Championship's deal with ESPN. The team's current broadcasters are Landon Southwick (Play-by-Play) and David Horst (Color).They host the Center Circle podcast. The official podcast of the Real Monarchs.[8][9][10][11]

Supporters[edit]

The Wasatch Legion is the official Supporters Group for the Monarchs. The group stands behind the North Goal at Zions Bank Stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kamrani, Chris (10 September 2014). "Insight into RSL's desire for the Fairpark stadium". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Real Salt Lake announce that new USL PRO team will be called Real Monarchs". MLSsoccer.com. September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Zions Bank Real Academy new home for Real Salt Lake development pyramid". Real Monarchs. May 24, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Freddy Juarez named coach of new Real Monarchs". Christopher Kamrani. Salt Lake Tribune. December 23, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "In inaugural USL match, Monarchs draw 0–0 with Galaxy II". Salt Lake Tribune. March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Roster". Real Monarchs.
  7. ^ "Freddy Juarez appointed inaugural Real Monarchs head coach". Real Salt Lake.
  8. ^ Watkins, Steven (2018-07-07). "Sports on the air for July 8–14". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  9. ^ Montgomery, Matt (2015-04-23). "Remaining Real Monarchs home matches to be on KMYU". RSL Soapbox. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  10. ^ "Utah Royals FC Unveils Inaugural Season Broadcast Options". March 22, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Real Salt Lake launches innovative local streaming partnership with KSL". February 12, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.

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