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Real Monarchs
Real Monarchs Logo.png
Full nameReal Monarchs SLC
Founded2014 (4 years ago) (2014)
Stadium Zions Bank Stadium
Herriman, Utah
Owner Real Salt Lake (Dell Loy Hansen)
PresidentRob Zarkos [1]
Head Coach Jámison Olave (interim)
League USL Championship
20184th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
Website Club website
Current season

Real Monarchs is the reserve team of American soccer club Real Salt Lake that plays in the USL Championship. [2] The team currently play their games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. [3]


RSL Academy coach Freddy Juarez was named Head Coach on December 23, 2014. [4] The Monarchs played the LA Galaxy II to a scoreless tie in their USL debut on March 22, 2015 in Carson, California. [5]

At the end of the 2016 season, Freddy Juarez was promoted to be an assistant coach for the Monarchs' parent team, Real Salt Lake and Mike Petke was brought in as his replacement along with Mark Briggs and Jamison Olave as his assistants. On March 29, 2017, Petke was promoted to Real Salt Lake's head coach following the dismissal of Jeff Cassar and Briggs was announced as his replacement.

On June 19, 2017, the Real Monarchs broke the All-Time USL Record with nine consecutive victories by beating Reno 1868 2–1 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The club won their first ever trophy on October 7, 2017, claiming the USL's regular season title with a 1–1 draw against Whitecaps FC 2.

2018 Disappointing Season After choking the first round of the 2017 USL Playoffs by losing to the 8th seed Sacramento Republic FC in a plenty shoot-out the Monarchs were determined to make 2018 their year to win the USL Cup. During the off season the club repeatably stated their goal was to win the USL championship in 2018. 2018 was off to a great start as the Monarch began their championship quest, but it all started to fall apart on May 28, 2018 when their 2017 USL coach of the year Mark Briggs was charged with domestic violence of beating and abusing his girlfriend. The Real Salt Lake organization release Briggs as head coach and replaced him with a inexperience interim coach Jámison Olave who would coach the Monarchs for the remainder of the season. August 25th the Monarchs were in great shape. With a 17/2/6 record the Monarchs were leading the league with wins and points as the team looked promising to repeat as the regular season champions and be a top seed for the playoffs. But then, the wheels came off. In a traditional Utah sports let down the monarchs had a late season collapse in epic fashion as they finish the season going 2/1/6 placing them from once 1st place to 6th place overall in the USL final standings. But then it got even worst. Oct. 20th 2018 the Monarchs as a 4th seed hosted the 5th seed Reno 1868 FC at Zions Bank Stadium in the first round of the 2018 USL playoffs. The score was score-less up until stoppage time when Reno scores in the 92nd minute confirming yet another upset brought to you by the Monarchs who can't seem to manage winning a playoff game. After the final whistle with a booing crowd the monarchs walked off the pitch with their heads down knowing that they blow it once again. Hench closes the book on 2018 as a disappointed season.


Beginning in 2018, Real Monarchs will play home matches at Zions Bank Stadium, a 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Herriman. The stadium is adjacent to the training facilities and academy for Real Salt Lake.

Real Monarchs played their first three seasons at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, the 20,000-seat home of Real Salt Lake.

Players and staff

Current roster

As of November 21, 2018 [6]

No. Position Player Nation
40 Midfielder James Moberg   United States
43 Midfielder Justin Portillo   United States
44 Midfielder Maikel Chang   Cuba
45 Midfielder Andrew Brody   United States
46 Midfielder Masta Kacher   Canada
47 Forward Josh Heard   Wales
52 Defender Kalen Ryden   United States
53 Defender Michael Gallagher   United States
56 Defender Konrad Plewa   Poland
57 Midfielder Jack Blake   Scotland
60 Defender Joseph Okumu   Kenya
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with Real Salt Lake.
  2. ^ Real Salt Lake Academy player.

Technical & coaching staff

Title Name
General manager Elliot Fall
VP of soccer administration Rob Zarkos
Assistant general manager Dan Egner
Head coach Jámison Olave (interim)
Assistant coach Vacant
Goalkeeping coach Matt Glaeser
Video analyst Preston Gayton
Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryan Russ
Head athletic trainer Marshall Stoddard
Head team physician Stephen Kirk
Team administrator Taymour Roushdi
Logistics coordinator Kasia Kampf
Kit man Randy Butts

Last updated: January 18, 2018
Source: Real Monarchs

Head Coaches

As of August 24, 2018 [7]
Real Monarchs Coaching Stats
Coach Nation Start End Games Win Loss Tie Win %
Freddy Juarez United States December 23, 2014 December 6, 2016 60 18 28 14 41.7%
Mike Petke United States December 22, 2016 March 29, 2017 1 1 0 0 100%
Mark Briggs England March 29, 2017 August 23, 2018 43 28 9 5 65.1%
Jamison Olave (interim) Colombia May 29, 2018 Present 7 4 2 1 57.1%


All-time top goalscorers

  • Players in bold are still active; includes all competitive matches.
  • As of July 14, 2018.
Rank Player Nation Years Goals
1 Chandler Hoffman United States 2017–present 23
2 Sebastián Velásquez Colombia 2017–present 12
3 Max Rauhofer Uruguay 2015 10
4 Ricardo Velazco United States 2015–2017 9
5 Daniel Haber Canada 2017–present 7
6 Emery Welshman Guyana 2015 6
7 Lucas Baldin Brazil 2015 5
Maikon Orellana El Salvador 2015–2016 5
9 Mastanabal Kacher Canada 2018–present 4
10 5 players tied 3


Year by Year

Year Division League Regular Season W-L-T Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2015 3 USL 7–13–8 12th, Western Did not qualify Third Round 4,968
2016 3 USL 10–14–6 11th, Western Did not qualify Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team) 2,528
2017 2 USL 19–5–6 1st, Western Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team) 2,195
2018 2 USL 19–12–3 4th, Western Conference Quarterfinals Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team) 1,731


  1. ^ Kamrani, Chris (10 September 2014). "Insight into RSL's desire for the Fairpark stadium". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Real Salt Lake announce that new USL PRO team will be called Real Monarchs". September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Zions Bank Real Academy new home for Real Salt Lake development pyramid". Real Monarchs. May 24, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Freddy Juarez named coach of new Real Monarchs". Christopher Kamrani. Salt Lake Tribune. December 23, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "In inaugural USL match, Monarchs draw 0–0 with Galaxy II". Salt Lake Tribune. March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Real Monarchs official roster". Real Monarchs.
  7. ^ "Freddy Juarez appointed inaugural Real Monarchs head coach". Real Salt Lake.

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