Monarchs announce 1st USL roster

March 6th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

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The Monarchs made history Friday night.

The USL affiliate of Real Salt Lake officially unveiled the first portion of the roster for its inaugural season in 2015, which begins Mar. 22 at L.A. Galaxy II and opens its home slate a week later, Mar. 29 against Portland Timbers 2.

The Monarchs, which are coached by former RSL-Arizona Academy director Freddy Juarez, announced 12 players on its roster at a launch party at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. The club will feature RSL draft pick Lucas Baldin, a midfielder from the University of South Florida, as well as recent RSL trialists Emery Welshman and Ricardo Velasco along with a cadre of Academy graduates.

The club also made a homegrown signing during the fan event, inking former BYU and Cal State Fullerton midfielder Garrett Losee to a contract. The 25-year-old graduate of Alta High School — just a few miles away from Rio Tinto Stadium — will suit up for the Monarchs in their first year of USL play.


Below is a complete list of the Monarchs’ current roster:

Real Monarchs 2015
Player Pos Height Weight Hometown (College) Status
Lucas Baldin MF 5’8″ 150 Taubate, Brazil (South Florida)
Marvin Baumgartner DEF 6’1″ 185 Bulach, Switzerland Int
Leon Brown FW 5’11” 160 Mattapan, Mass. (Notre Dame)
Lennon Celestino MF 6’0″ 175 Sao Paulo, Brazil Int
Darian Copeland DEF 6’2″ 160 Dutchtown, Ga. (Alabama-Birmingham)
Garrett Losee MF 5’9″ 175 South Jordan, Utah (BYU / CS Fullerton)
Riley McGovern DEF 6’2″ 190 Farmington, N.M. (New Mexico)
Coco Navarro MF/FW 5’7″ 145 Inglewood, Calif. (Marquette)
Victor Rodriquez GK 6’2″ 180 Las Cruces, N.M. (New Mexico)
Alec Sundly MF 6’0″ 170 San Clemente, Calif. (Cal)
Eti Tavares FW 5’10” 165 Window, Calif. (Arizona Western)
Ricardo Velasco MF 5’8″ 150 Casa Grande, Ariz. (Louisville)
Emery Welshman FW 5’11” 180 Toronto, Ontario (Oregon State)


Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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