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.
|Full name||Real Monarchs SLC|
|Stadium||Zions Bank Stadium|
|Owner||Real Salt Lake (Dell Loy Hansen)|
|Head Coach||Jámison Olave|
|2019||4th Place, Western Conference|
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 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, and the first to do so as USL Championship Western Conference champion.
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 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.
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.
Players and staff
|49||Midfielder||Ricardo Ávila (on loan from Universitario)|
|59||Midfielder||Luis Palma (on loan from Vida)|
|64||Midfielder||Cristian Cálix (on loan from Atlas)|
Out on loan
|45||Midfielder||Andrew Brody (on loan to Pinzgau Saalfelden)|
|47||Forward||Josh Heard (on loan to Pinzgau Saalfelden)|
Technical & coaching staff
|General manager||Elliot Fall|
|Executive VP of soccer operations||Rob Zarkos|
|Assistant general manager||Dan Egner|
|Head coach||Jámison Olave|
|Assistant coach||Matt Glaeser|
|Goalkeeping coach||Mirza Harambasic|
|Video analyst||Preston Gayton|
|Strength and Conditioning Coach||Bryan Russ|
|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
|Freddy Juarez||December 23, 2014||December 6, 2016||60||18||28||14||41.7%|
|Mike Petke||December 22, 2016||March 29, 2017||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Mark Briggs||March 29, 2017||August 23, 2018||43||28||9||5||65.1%|
|Jámison Olave (interim)||May 29, 2018||January 21, 2019||24||12||10||2||54.1%|
|Martín Vásquez||January 21, 2019||July 1, 2019||15||6||6||3||40.0%|
|Jámison Olave (interim)||July 1, 2019||November 20, 2019||23||14||4||5||60.9%|
|Jámison Olave||November 20, 2019||present||0||0||0||0||0%|
All-time top goalscorers
- Players in bold are still active with Real Monarchs; includes all competitive matches.
- Includes regular season and playoffs.
- As of November 12, 2019.
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||USL Championship||16-10-8 4th, Western||Champions||Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team)||1,983|
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).
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