Laura Harvey returned to the club where she spent her time between 2013 and 2017 for the first time, although this time around with a new club. A defensive mistake however would mean that she and her players would leave without any points.
Before kickoff, the match already endured an odd occurrence with the scoreboard breaking and thus becoming obsolete. For the first half both teams seemed to be on a similar level and playing a similar attacking oriented style. Samantha Johnson picked up the games first yellow card in the 12th minute and consequently will miss the next game against the Orlando Pride. In the 30th minute Danish international Theresa Nielsen had an opportune chance on goal but it was blocked away by Katie Bowen. In the 45th minute an extremely controversial yellow card was given to Rachel Corsie after Adriana Leon ran into her.
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Corsie given the yellow after being ran into by Leon. pic.twitter.com/sYXk8DGTT5
In the 53rd minute Megan Rapinoe ended the stalemate putting the ball in the back of the net. Thirteen minutes later Gunny Jonsdottir would pick up the 3rd yellow card of the game for Royals FC. Later subs would see Mini Gorry for Lo LaBonta, Brittany Ratcliffe for Katie Stengal and Erika Tymrak for Rebecca Moros in attempt to push forward for points. However such efforts would be unsuccessful with the game ending at a 1-0 scoreline.
All in all Utah Royals FC end the night retaining the position they began with in 6th. While not the desired result, in terms of the playoff push it is still far from time to panic with 4 points deciding the difference between places 6th through 3rd. The next five games will be of the utmost importance considering that four of them are at home.