Match Preview | Sky Blue FC Return Home for Their Second Meeting Against Utah Royals FC

Howell, N.J. (July 11, 2019) – Coming off a 2-1 win in Chicago Saturday, Sky Blue FC (1-7-1, 5 points) is at home for a Friday night matchup against Utah Royals FC on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the club’s Health & Wellness Night presented by RWJBarnabas Health. This will be the second meeting of the season for the two teams. The first 500 fans in the gates will receive a goodie bag courtesy of RWJBarnabas Health, CLIFbar, Adoratherapy, and Banza.

Streaming

The match will be streamed live on Yahoo Sports and in the NWSL app. International fans can watch on NWSLsoccer.com.

Preview

Sky Blue sits in ninth place in the NWSL standings, 3 points behind Orlando Pride. The Royals are 4 spots ahead in the standings, holding fifth place with 5-3-2 record and 17 points. Throughout league history, the two teams have met 4 times and finished the match in a draw one time. Sky Blue has never defeated Utah with an all-time record of 0-3-1.

Midfielder Raquel Rodriguez leads the attack for Sky Blue with three goals and one assist. Her most recent goal came in the 2-1 win over Chicago on July 6th at SeatGeek Stadium. Rookie Paige Monaghan notched her first assist of the season against the Chicago Red Stars. The rookie worked the right side of the field taking four total shots, creating one chance that set Rodriguez up on goal. Forward Jen Hoy scored her first goal of the season at Chicago after putting away her initial blocked shot to lift Sky Blue to the win. Back like she never left, goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan played a key part in the win over Chicago. In her first game back from international duty, she recorded seven saves and three punches. She was nominated for NWSL Save of the Week.

Opponent

Utah is coming off a 0-2 loss against Reign FC on June 28th at home. The Utah Royals have been one of the toughest defensive teams in the league to beat. The Royals are first in goals conceded and second in the league in both shots on target faced and expected goals against.

The key player to watch on the Royals is Forward Amy Rodriguez.  Rodriguez leads the attack for the team with her five goals and 1 assist, the third-most of any Royals player in a single season. Utah has been missing a key piece to their defense with Becky Sauerbrunn representing the U.S Women’s National Team during the World Cup. With Sauerbrunn on the backline, Utah has faced fewer than 10 shots per game since she has started in 2018. Without Sauerbrunn on the backline, the team has faced 13 shots per game.

Sky Blue FC vs. Utah Royals FC Rewind

Last time Sky Blue FC faced Utah was on June 15th, 2019 in a 1-0 loss at Rio Tinto Stadium. A goal from Amy Rodriguez in the first half gave Utah Royals FC the win.

Looking Ahead

After Friday’s matchup with the Royals, Sky Blue will be away at Orlando on Saturday, July 20 at Exploria Stadium, against Orlando Pride at 7:30 p.m. ET. A few days later Sky Blue will return home for the club’s World Cup Return Night to face the Washington Spirit on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:30 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field.

Tickets

Tickets to all Sky Blue FC home games are available now by calling 888-SBFC-TIX or by visiting skybluefc.com. All fans at the game will receive a Sky Blue FC game day program with player poster insert.

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