Hello everyone, in honor of this week’s SB Nation theme of the week (jerseys), I thought I’d write a little about why I own four or so of Utah Royals FC jerseys.
To explain why I have the numbers of jerseys I have, I figure I should explain how I got into the team. I couldn’t watch the introductory press conference live, but I watched it after the fact. After watching the press conference, I thought it would be cool that Utah was getting an NWSL team. In fact, it was cool, but it took a little while for my excitement to watch the team kick in. Once it did, I bought season tickets, and I haven’t looked back since.
After watching a couple of games, I decided I wanted to get a jersey. The problem was, I didn’t know whose name I wanted on the back. I knew for sure I was going to get the name of a player who wouldn’t get as much love as the national team players, so I narrowed it down to Mandy Laddish and Brittany Ratcliffe.
After a lot of thinking and a couple of Twitter polls, I decided to go with Ratcliffe on the gold home jersey. It turned out I made a great decision. When she played in year one, Ratcliffe made an impact on the field. She scored twice in as many games against the North Carolina Courage, helping Utah become the only team to beat the Courage that year. Then came the experience during the meet the team event. When I took photos with the group she was with, she saw her name and number on my back and got super excited. Later that night, when I got to her autograph table, she recognized me and took a couple of photos with me in our jerseys.
The next jersey I got was a Gunny Jonsdottir jersey. This one I bought from a fellow fan, but unused. I was looking for another jersey at this point, and the seller contacted me, and we discussed a price. The rest is history.
The last two jerseys do not have any players’ names on them. One is the gold home jersey, and the other is the 2019 away jersey, which was signed during the meet the team event last year.
I’m looking to buy more, but I know what you may be thinking: “You already have 4 jerseys. Why do you need more?” Well, I want to support the team and the players. If I had a million dollars, I would buy the jersey of every player on the team.
When the new home jersey comes out, I’m going to buy it. I’ve heard some great things about it and can’t wait to see it. The problem is, I don’t know what player’s name and number to get on the back. Any suggestions? While you’re at it, what jerseys do you guys own? Leave it in the comments!