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NWSL Challenge Cup Preview: Utah Royals FC

Utah Royals FC NWSL Preview
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Without the Utah Royals FC, the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup wouldn’t be possible. But will the hosts be able to maneuver through a missing star and a new coaching regime in order to make their mark on the field?

2019 Record

10-4-10 (34 points), 6th place

Roster Churn

Less than they probably would’ve liked for a normal season, and also perhaps more than they were hoping for this tournament. On Tuesday, Utah confirmed the previously reported news that Christen Press had decided to opt out of the Challenge Cup. In a club statement, Press offered, “It is deeply painful not to be able to play the game I love, and to watch the broader effects of the global pandemic on our league, sports, and our world. Regrettably, given the uncertainty created by COVID-19, I must elect not to participate in this tournament. I know how fortunate I am to be able to make this choice. I have enormous respect and gratitude for those who do not have the luxury to choose whether to report to work, including our selfless and heroic first responders. I look forward to supporting my teammates during the tournament in Utah.”

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