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Utah Royals open to sell-out crowd, lose to Chicago Red Stars

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Utah's first women's professional soccer team kicked off its inaugural season Saturday to a sold-out crowd of 19,203 at Rio Tinto Stadium, but was unable to claim victory. (Photo: Paige Robinson / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Utah's first women's professional soccer team kicked off its inaugural season Saturday to a sold-out crowd of 19,203 at Rio Tinto Stadium, but was unable to claim victory.

Utah Royal Player Becky Sauerbrunn said in a post-game presser:

I the environment was pretty incredible, I think. Kudos to Utah for showing up and supporting us. I think it was something special today, and I feel like I was part of something special. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get the win to kind of add to the wonderful day, but to play in front of a crowd like that is why we play soccer.

Utah outshot Chicago 13-10, but forced only one save out of Red Stars Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Both teams attempt five shots in the first half, but the only shot on goal belonged to the Chicago Red Stars resulting in the final score 1-0.

“I think you know with this team, and honestly in the women’s game, generally, you going to get hard work; you’re going to get effort, you’re going to get people who put out absolutely everything into the game and I think we did that," said Utah Royal Coach Laura Harvey at a post-game presser.

The opening day for the Utah Royals also included pregame and post-game concerts and attendance from Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs players.