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Utah Royals' inaugural schedule announced

Detail of the Utah Royals logo on the team's secondary jersey.
Detail of the Utah Royals logo on the team's secondary jersey.
Paul-Michael Ochoa, Major League Soccer

The Utah Royals finally have their schedule of opponents for their first season.

After a long wait that was made even longer when one of the National Women’s Soccer League’s franchises folded in late January, the league released the full schedule on Wednesday.

Previously the Royals had announced that they would open the season March 24 on the road against the Orlando Pride and that their home opener would be April 14 against the Chicago Red Stars at Rio Tinto Stadium.

In all, each NWSL team will play 24 regular-season matches (three against each of the league’s other teams), with Utah’s finale being Sept. 8 at home against the Red Stars. Twelve of the team’s matches will be on the road and 12 will be at home.

After playing both of their matches in March on the road, the rest of the Royals’ schedule is balanced, with the exception of May when three of the team’s four games will be at home. Fifteen of the team’s matches will be played on a Saturday (seven home), five on a Wednesday (three home) and four on a Friday (one home).

Both the Royals and Real Salt Lake will play at Rio Tinto on Aug. 11.