Utah Royals see more staff changes and another defeat

URFC suffered its third straight 1-0 defeat on Saturday night.

(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals defender Kate Del Fava (8) kicks the ball during the game against the Kansas City Current at America First Field in Sandy on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

The Utah Royals continue to shake up their staff as the team continues to struggle in its first season.

Ahead of this weekend’s 1-0 defeat to the Washington Spirit, the Royals parted ways with assistant coach Frederic Brillant, who came to the club from Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. The Royals said the move would allow the coach to “pursue a new opportunity.”

“I would like to thank Fred for everything he has done in his time with the Royals.” URFC General Manager Kelly Cousins said in a release. “While we will miss him, we as a club do not want to stand in someone’s way to fulfill their aspirations. I would like to wish Fred all the best and success in his new role and for the future.”

Brillant’s departure comes a month after the Royals said goodbye to assistant coach Vanessa Mann.

“This mutually-agreed upon termination will allow her to seek and identify future opportunities that better suit her personal and family needs,” Cousins said at the time.

The Royals sit in last place in the National Women’s Soccer League. The team has just four points off one win and one draw. Saturday’s defeat was the team’s 10th loss of the season.

“It’s frustrating, but we are close,” URFC captain Paige Monaghan said after the team’s third straight 1-0 loss. “We just have to keep focusing on our development during the week and then the performances will lead to results.”

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