Utah Royals FC vs. Sky Blue FC score: NWSL Challenge Cup hosts pick up first win on Fourth of July

Utah Royals FC picked up three vital points in preliminary play thanks to a wonderful performance from the always-intense Amy Rodriguez, who found the back of the net in the 41st minute to secure a 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC in the early game of the Fourth of July slate.

Verónica Boquete dished off a beautiful pass to the Utah captain that diced through the Sky Blue back line. Vero's pass left Rodriguez one-on-one with the keeper as she found the back of the net.

With the win, Utah Royals FC move to four points through two games and in sole possession of second place in the standings with two games to go in the preliminary round. It's worth noting that the standings will determine the seeding for the knockout stage.

Utah meets OL Reign on Wednesday while Sky Blue FC square off against Houston Dash on Wednesday. You can catch every game on CBS All Access.

Utah Royals FC 1,  Sky Blue FC 0 -- FINAL

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July 4, 2020, 6:27 PM

76' Hydration break

All teams will have water breaks this tournament.

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July 4, 2020, 6:13 PM

71' Utah attacking

Utah subs on another offensive player in Tziarra King and stays on the attack, as Rodriguez plays a ball in from flank. 

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July 4, 2020, 6:06 PM
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July 4, 2020, 6:04 PM

58' Free kick

Utah still pressing in the their attack, earn a pair of free kicks during this minute, but both are defended away by Sky Blue FC.

47' Free kick

Sky Blue FC outside back Midge Purce is fouled on a run into the box, but the the official calls a free kick just outside the box. The set piece attempt is saved by Utah goal keeper Abby Smith.

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July 4, 2020, 5:42 PM
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