Former Real Salt Lake star Javier Morales announced his retirement from professional soccer Thursday, bringing to a close a two-decade career that spanned his native Argentina to Spain to Major League Soccer.
U.S. international defender Becky Sauerbrunn arrived at America First Field for training, her first spell with the club since the FIFA-approved international break that gave Utah’s National Women’s Soccer League expansion outfit a one-week break from the regular season.
After a lengthy moment of applause in honor of the late assistant coach Liam Miller by both squads and fans, Kalen Ryden scored two goals in the first 32 minutes to help the Monarchs roll to a 4-2 win over Portland Timbers 2 in Sandy.
Utah's first professional women's soccer team debuted Saturday afternoon in the Sunshine State, earning a 1-1 draw with the Orlando Pride in front of an announced crowd of 9,017 fans at Orlando City Stadium.
Utah’s newest professional sports franchise — the second-ever pro women’s sports team in the state’s history — will open its inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League at 5:30 p.m. MDT Saturday at the Orlando Pride.
A majority of the names announced by head coach Laura Harvey will be familiar to fans of the NWSL and the now-defunct FC Kansas City, in particular. But two names stand out that didn’t make the final cut.
Albert Rusnak gave the home side a 1-0 advantage just four minutes into the match, and Nick Rimando made it stand up in leading Salt Lake to a win over the visiting New York Red Bulls, 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.
With his career with Real Salt Lake over following a video tribute and a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 16,334 fans during a snow-covered 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, Wingert exited the pitch one last time.