SALT LAKE CITY — Fifteen days after it was announced that Utah would be the new home for a National Women's Soccer League franchise, the team's name was announced.
The club will be known as Utah Royals FC, a name which connects it directly to its Major League Soccer counterpart Real Salt Lake, and, in an interesting twist, the franchise's old home in Kansas City.
The Spanish translation for "royal" is "real," while the name calls to mind Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals.
The team's logo is also similar to RSL's. Its main feature is a lion (after RSL's mascot Leo the Lion), and its color scheme of claret, cobalt and gold is the same as the MLS squad's. A fun element on the Royals' logo is the appearance of Utah's Delicate Arch within the lion on the circular logo.
Jerseys were not officially unveiled on Friday, although a tweet earlier this week indicated that at least one will be gold. The team did indicate Friday that jerseys, as well as additional logos, will be announced by Jan. 18. For now, team T-shirts will be available for purchase, beginning Dec. 2.
Season tickets will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 11, with prices ranging from $120-300 for the 12-game home season.
The Royals' first season will begin April 14, 2018, although the full schedule has not been released yet.