Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Real Salt Lake Coach Mike Petke claps for the remaining fans after Real beat Colorado at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Real Salt Lake’s quest to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence begins on Monday as the team opens training camp at the new Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman.

On Sunday, the team concluded the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by not using any of its selections in the third and fourth rounds. RSL entered the day owning the 51st, 56th and 79th overall picks. Not using its first two selections in the third round meant RSL forfeited its final choice in the fourth round.

On Friday, RSL traded the 10th overall pick to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $85,000 of general allocation money before selecting Creighton forward Ricky Lopez-Espin with the 33rd overall pick (10th of the second round).

While items such as the re-signing of Kyle Beckerman and the hosting of the Foo Fighters for a day were offseason highlights, there are a few other items to be aware of for both RSL and Real Monarchs that have been announced over the last two weeks.

  • All 33 of RSL's non-national regular-season matches will air locally on KMYU again, the team announced last week.
  • The Monarchs will play in the first official game at the new Herriman facility on March 31 against Portland Timbers 2. Monarchs head coach Mark Briggs and company will open the season a week before on the road against the Tulsa Roughnecks.
After starting training camp at home, RSL will take trips to Tucson, Arizona, on Jan. 31 and Orlando on Feb. 11. The regular season will begin March 3 on the road against FC Dallas. RSL's first home match of the 2018 campaign will be March 10 against LAFC at Rio Tinto Stadium.