UTAH ROYALS FC

Kate Del Fava Scores Royals’ First Goal Of 2024 Season Vs. Courage

Mar 22, 2024, 8:13 PM | Updated: 8:35 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Royals scored their first goal of the 2024 NWSL season thanks to a header by Kate Del Fava against the North Carolina Courage.

Utah Royals FC scores first goal of season

The Royals hosted the Courage at America First Field in Sandy, Utah on Friday, March 22.

In the 15th minute, the Royals earned their first corner kick of the night. Utah took advantage of the opportunity.

Del Fava jumped into the air for the ball after it was sent sailing into the box. The defender buried it into the back of the net with a header to give the Royals their first lead of the season at 1-0.

The Illinois State product is one of two Royals to play in both stints the franchise has had in Utah.

Del Fava was originally selected by Utah with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2020.

She played in all 90 minutes of Utah’s season opener vs. Chicago.

Match Info

The Courage arrived in Utah after opening their 2024 slate with a 5-1 victory over the Houston Dash on March 16. North Carolina is currently ranked as the best team in ESPN.com’s NWSL Power Rankings.

Utah’s match against North Carolina is broadcast on KMYU, NWSL+KSL Sports Zone, and KSLSports.com.

Royals this season

Utah opened the season with a 2-0 loss at home to the Chicago Red Stars.

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With the loss, the Royals kicked off their second stint as an NWSL team with an 0-0-1 record.

About Utah Royals FC

The Royals announced the club’s return to Utah and the National Women’s Soccer League for the 2024 season in March 2023.

Originally founded in November 2017, the Royals played in Utah from 2018-20. The franchise was moved to Kansas City in 2020 and plays in Missouri under the “Currents” nickname.

The Royals were first established in Sandy, Utah as an NWSL expansion club. The team played as the Royals for three seasons and held its home matches at America First Field, formerly known as Rio Tinto Stadium, which was also the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

In December 2020, the NWSL announced that the Royals would cease to operate in Utah and the club’s players were transferred to Kansas City.

In January 2022, a new Real Salt Lake ownership group, led by David Blitzer and Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, took hold of the option to bring an NWSL club back to the state.

The Royals kicked off their second stint in Utah on March 16.

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