Utah Royals FC travel to Toyota Park for the first time in club history to take on the Chicago Red Stars tonight, Saturday, June 23, for a 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The teams have met once before this season at Rio Tinto Stadium for the URFC inaugural home opener, resulting in a 1-0 loss for the home side.
URFC heads to the “Windy City” following a massive 1-0 win last week against the N.C. Courage – previously unbeaten and still the overall NWSL leader. Substitute Forward Brittany Ratcliffe bagged the stoppage-time game-winner at WakeMed, and also took home the NWSL “Goal of the Week” honors for her 94th-minute blast, determined via fan vote. The Utah side now finds themselves in the fourth and final playoff spot entering the midway point of the season, with a game in hand amongst a tightly-packed group that includes Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Houston and Orlando.
Saturday’s trip to Chicago comes just days after Utah and Chicago joined Houston in a three-team “mega-trade” that resulted in the Royals FC acquisition of USWNT star Forward Christen Press and NWSL standout Defender Samantha Johnson. The two league veterans arrived in Salt Lake this week, and are expected to be available at Rio Tinto Stadium for Utah’s home match next Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. MT against Seattle Reign FC, Head Coach Laura Harvey’s former team.
How to Follow Utah Royals FC v. Chicago Red Stars – Sat., June 23, 2018
Coverage Begins: 5:30 p.m. MT
Local TV: KMYU – Greg Wrubell & Carla Haslam
Local Radio: ESPN700 AM
Digital Streaming (Utah only): KSL TV app or KSL.com (desktop)
Digital Streaming (outside Utah): Verizon “go90” app or www.NWSLsoccer.com