Utah Royals to return next season as NWSL’s 13th team

The Royals are returning to Utah and will join the National Women’s Soccer League next season. The announcement was jointly made by the NWSL and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. The Royals were part of the NWSL for three seasons from 2018 to 2020. The sale of the original Royals stipulated that the buyers of Real Salt Lake would have rights to a future NWSL expansion franchise for a set fee.