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Balcer's stoppage-time goal helps OL Reign snap Utah Royals FC's unbeaten start to Challenge Cup

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 8th - 10:20pm

Bethany Balcer scored the lone goal of the match in the first minute of stoppage time, helping OL Reign hand Utah Royals FC its first loss of the NWSL Challenge Cup 1-0 Wednesday at Zions Bank Stadium.

'MLS is Back' kicks off Wednesday, but is the league's tournament back for good?

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 8th - 6:18pm

MLS is Back, or at least that’s the name of the league’s return-to-play tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

New-look Utah Royals off to offensive start in NWSL Challenge Cup

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:10pm

A lot has been made of the restructuring under new Utah head coach Craig Harrington, but one of the first changes he made was clear. These aren’t yesterday’s Royals.

Amy Rodriguez's first-half strike leads Utah Royals to first win of 2020, 1-0 over Sky Blue

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 4th - 10:23pm

Rodriguez combined with Vero Boquete for the only goal of the match, and Abby Smith earned a clean sheet without making a save to help Utah Royals FC to their first win of the 2020 season, 1-0 over New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC.

RSL affiliate Real Monarchs will return to play July 11, and (some) fans will be invited

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 2nd - 11:35am

The match against U.S. men’s national team legend Landon Donovan and San Diego Loyal SC will be played in front of a limited number of fans, too, and televised on ESPN Deportes.

King of Queens: Rookie Tziarra King’s dramatic equalizer levels 3-3 draw in Utah Royals’ 2020 Challenge Cup debut

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 30th - 9:22pm

Veronica Boquete had a goal and an assist, and the rookie Tziarra King scored a dramatic equalizer with 2 minutes left in regulation of her professional debut to help Utah secure a 3-3 draw Tuesday.

Is it time for American sports to stop playing the national anthem?

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 30th - 6:14pm

Is it time to reverse the trend — to pull the plug on the pre-game anthem singers and the pledge to the flag that hovers over the "land of the free and the home of the brave"?

Healthy again, Brittany Ratcliffe hopes to be goal scorer Utah Royals FC needs in NWSL Challenge Cup

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 29th - 7:02pm

Brittany Ratcliffe, who suffered a torn ACL during the Royals’ 2019 preseason, will debut alongside the rest of the 2020 Utah Royals FC against the Houston Dash in the NWSL Challenge Cup.

After kneeling to support racial equality, North Carolina tops Portland 2-1 in NWSL Challenge Cup opener

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 27th - 10:17pm

Nearly every player from the Courage and Thorns kneeled in solidarity with the movement as a saxophone played the U.S. national anthem prior to Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. MT kickoff.

Live soccer is returning to Utah, but who is really favored to win the NWSL Challenge Cup?

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 26th - 8:32pm

After a three-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic, live soccer returns to Utah’s mountains Saturday with the NWSL Challenge Cup.

US star Press out, Utes' Daugirda in: Utah Royals FC unveil roster for NWSL Challenge Cup

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:22am

The NWSL released every roster across the eight-team league pool Monday, a compendium of 22-28 players per squad that will suit up in Utah in what will likely be the only competitive environment of the 2020 season.

Orlando's withdrawl forces NWSL to 'adjust' Challenge Cup schedule in Utah

Sean Walker and Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Updated Jun 22nd - 6:41pm

Following the withdrawal of the Orlando Pride due to positive COVID-19 tests, the league will adjust the now-eight team tournament at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.

Unidentified NWSL player tests positive for COVID-19 prior to Challenge Cup in Herriman

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 18th - 6:27pm

A player from the National Women’s Soccer League has tested positive for COVID-19, the NWSL confirmed Thursday evening.

Real Salt Lake draws rivals Kansas City, Colorado in 4-team tournament group

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 11th - 3:44pm

Real Salt Lake had a target date and place for the return of soccer July 8 at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando.

RSL among seeded teams for 'MLS is Back' return-to-play tournament in Orlando

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 10th - 1:14pm

Major League Soccer unveiled plans Wednesday for a 54-match tournament featuring all 26 teams in the first competitive matches since March.

Kelley O'Hara back in training with Utah Royals FC, just 3 weeks before Challenge kicks off

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jun 9th - 9:42pm

Utah Royals FC returned to full training this week, including several notable international players who have been away from Salt Lake City taking the practice field Tuesday at America First Field in Sandy.

Real Monarchs, league target July 11 for return to play

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 4th - 9:44pm

The USL Championship’s board of governors have voted in favor of returning to play for the season, setting a “provisional start date” of July 11, the league announced Thursday in a statement.

Lockout avoided: MLS, players' union set stage for return to play

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 3rd - 1:35pm

A lockout has been avoided. The 2020 season of Major League Soccer is expected to continue — and soon.

Utah Royals to host Washington Spirit in NWSL Challenge Cup opener (+full schedule)

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jun 1st - 3:02pm

Utah Royals FC will open the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup at home Tuesday, June 30 against former BYU star Ashley Hatch and the Washington Spirit at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman.