During February of 2020, Real Monarchs SLC will once again host the second annual Wasatch Winter Cup during the team’s preseason preparation for the 2020 USL Championship season. Along with the Monarchs, Louisville City FC, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and USL League One expansion side Union Omaha are scheduled to participate.
“We are excited to be hosting the Wasatch Winter Cup again here in Herriman with three very well prepared and well coached teams,” said Real Monarchs Assistant General Manager Tim Weaver. “Louisville, Colorado Springs and Omaha will all provide excellent competition for the Monarchs and one another, as we prepare to defend the USL league championship. We are privileged to have such world-class facilities and are honored that these clubs have agreed to come here to prepare for their respective seasons. We look forward to welcoming each team and hosting them in what is sure to be an entertaining and world-class preseason tournament.”
Each of the four clubs will play a single friendly with each of the other three participants and all Wasatch Winter Cup matches with be free and open to the public. Should weather allow, each of the double-headers will be played in Zions Bank Stadium beginning on Sunday, February 16th, then continue on Wednesday, February 19th and finish on Saturday, February 22nd. Inclement weather will force matches inside the Zions Bank Training Center which boasts over 200,000 sq. feet of playing surface across two fields. All matches will be carried LIVE on ESPN+ and the KSL TV app.
Preseason camp will officially commence for the Monarchs on January 25 with training sessions initially being held at Herriman through the Wasatch Winter Cup before moving to California for a final preseason match against Sacramento Republic FC at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, February 29th.
The Monarchs will then begin their USL Championship Title defense on Saturday, March 7th, at San Antonio before opening the home portion of its schedule on March 14th against regular season title holder and Four-Corners rival Phoenix Rising FC.
With the signing of goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton and midfielder Devin Vega earlier this week, the roster for Real Monarchs SLC now stands at 13:
Goalkeepers (1): Jimmy Slayton
Defenders (4): Steve Jasso, James Moberg, Taylor Peay, Noah Powder
Midfielders (5): Ricardo Avila, Jack Blake, Sam Brown, Jordan Pena, Devin Vega
Forwards (3): Kyle Coffee, Joe Gallardo, Damian German