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After crashing out of MLS is Back, what's next for Real Salt Lake?

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 28th - 10:03am

After Monday night's 5-2 loss to San Jose, what is next, not just for head coach Freddy Juarez’s club, but the league in which it resides?

Real Salt Lake falls to San Jose 5-2 to end MLS is Back Tournament

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 27th - 9:41pm

Magnus Eriksson scored two goals from the penalty spot, and Cristian Espinoza, Valeri Qazaishvili and Chris Wondolowski each scored from the run of play to help the Earthquakes top 10-man RSL in a wild shootout, 5-2 in the Round of 16 of the league’s midsummer tournament near Orlando, Florida.

Challenge Cup Triumph: Houston Dash win first NWSL title in team history. What's next for the league?

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 26th - 2:37pm

Sophie Schmidt and Shea Groom each scored in Houston's 2-0 win over Chicago in the NWSL Challenge Cup championship match. But what comes next for the nine-team league of top women's soccer players in the United States?

Contractor by trade, ex-Wasatch Academy coach David Evans out to build national power 'from scratch' at RSL Academy

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 23rd - 7:47pm

David Evans has accepted the position as head coach of the Real Salt Lake Basketball Academy, an independent venture through the RSL Academy for soccer that will launch in fall 2020.

First-minute goal dooms Real Salt Lake in loss to Sporting KC, will face San Jose in knockout

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 22nd - 10:45pm

Kicking off at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday morning (7 a.m. back in Utah), the club couldn’t recover from a first-minute goal by Johnny Russell, falling to Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the MLS is Back tournament group-stage finale at ESPN Wide World of Sports near Orlando, Florida.

When the NWSL Challenge Cup needed a goal, Houston's Rachel Daly was elated to oblige

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 22nd - 10:22pm

The goal snapped a 405-minute goal-less drought across 3 ½ matches in the tournament, in which three of the four quarterfinals ended in a penalty shootout.

Sunrise soccer: RSL can clinch group with morning win over rival Sporting KC

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 21st - 10:07pm

Real Salt Lake can clinch Group D with a win over its Kansas-based rivals Wednesday morning (7 a.m. MT, ESPN) or with a little help involving a win by Minnesota in the other Group D match against Colorado.

'This is unique': Real Monarchs' continued return a preview of how live sports will look, sound during pandemic

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:02pm

As more teams and leagues continue to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic-inspired hiatus of every major professional sports league in North America, the unusual sights and sounds of Saturday’s USL Championship match will become more commonplace.

MacMath, post come up clutch as Real Salt Lake earns 3rd shutout in 4 games, 0-0 against Minnesota

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:39pm

Zac MacMath made three saves to keep Minnesota United FC off the board, but Real Salt Lake couldn’t break through either in a scoreless draw Friday night in the second game of the MLS is Back Tournament near Orlando, Florida.

Campbell, Houston Dash stuff Utah Royals' bid for Challenge Cup semifinals in shootout

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 17th - 11:06pm

Jane Campbell made three saves, and the Dash held off the host Royals 3-2 in a shootout Friday night to advance to the Challenge Cup semifinals.

After strong MLS is Back debut, Real Salt Lake's Douglas Martinez ready for more

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:09pm

Douglas Martinez figures to be in consideration for the starting lineup again as Real Salt Lake faces Minnesota United, which is off to a surprise 3-0-0 start in 2020.

More than a rookie, Utah Royals DF Kate Del Fava has found a role, home in NWSL Challenge Cup

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:07pm

Del Fava's move that helped carry Utah to the No. 5 seed in the NWSL Challenge Cup knockout round, and a rematch with fourth-seeded Houston on Friday.

Rusnak, Kreilach lift RSL past Colorado in MLS tournament opener

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 12th - 11:20pm

Rusnak and Damir Kreilach each scored a goal to help Real Salt Lake to its first win of the year via a 2-0 victory over Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado in both sides’ opening games of the MLS is Back Tournament near Orlando, Florida.

USWNT star Kelley O'Hara's return not enough for Royals in loss to Red Stars

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:07pm

Kelley O'Hara returned to the Utah Royals' lineup, but that wasn't enough to for the NWSL Challenge Cup tournament hosts in Sunday's loss to Chicago.

Real Monarchs fall to San Diego in first live pro game with fans since March 11

Sean Walker,  |  Updated Jul 11th - 6:19pm

Saturday’s match was the first live professional sporting event in the United States since March 11 and marked 126 days since the last soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium, a prolonged layoff on both accounts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

Mark Long, Associated Press  |  Updated Jul 9th - 8:41am

Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action.

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.