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Real Monarchs To Play 14 Game USL Schedule

Jul 2, 2020, 2:04 PM | Updated: 10:50 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Real Monarchs are returning in the form of a 14 game season beginning July 11th against the San Diego Loyal SC at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The United Soccer League (USL) is the second-tier professional soccer competition, closely behind Major League Soccer. Real Salt Lake’s second-tier equivalent is the Real Monarchs. The Monarchs typically play their home games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.

However, the 2020 season will be moved to Rio Tinto Stadium with the hope that the league can safely and comfortably accommodate fans in the stadium. Rio Tinto Stadium offering more space for fans to operate in, as opposed to Zions Bank Stadium.

The schedule is as follows –

7/11/20           vs. San Diego Loyal SC             Rio Tinto Stadium

7/18/20           vs. Switchbacks FC                  Rio Tinto Stadium

7/29/20           @ New Mexico United            Isotopes Park

8/1/20             @ Switchbacks FC                   Weidner Field

8/15/20           vs. El Paso Locomotive            Rio Tinto Stadium

8/22/20           vs. New Mexico United           Rio Tinto Stadium

8/29/20           @ Tacoma Defiance                Cheney Stadium

9/9/20             vs. Switchbacks FC                  TBD

9/12/20           vs. New Mexico United           TBD

9/16/20           vs. Portland Timbers 2            TBD

9/19/20           @ El Paso Locomotive            Southwest University Park

9/26/20           @ Switchbacks FC                   Weidner Field

9/30/20           @New Mexico United            Isotopes Park

10/4/20           vs. El Paso Locomotive            TBD

Currently, the Monarchs will host eight USL opponents and they will travel to six opposing teams stadiums.

Jamison Olave enters his debut season as manager after taking over as interim following the firing of Martin Vasquez midway through the 2019 season. The Monarchs lose two very key players from the 2019 season in Justin Portillo and Douglas Martinez, both players were signed by Real Salt Lake following very impressive stints in the USL.

Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett. 

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