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HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC4) — In a move that surprised many, Utah Royals FC announced the firing of head coach Amy Rodriguez on Sunday morning.

Goalkeeper coach Maryse Bard-Martel was also relieved of her duties. The team’s record is 2 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws, putting them in last place in the league.

Michelle Hyncik, the team’s president, will “begin the transition to a new role,” according to the soccer club. Athletic director Kelly Cousins ​​will retain her role and assistant coach Jimmy Coenraets will take over as interim coach.

“This expansion season has been full of lessons and learnings and we are now focused on reorganizing leadership efforts on and off the field,” said Real Salt Lake President John Kimball, who will oversee the Royals’ business operations while the organization leads the search for a new URFC president.

“We are grateful and appreciate Amy, Michelle and Maryse and their efforts to reintroduce the Royals to Utah’s incredible fans and the international soccer community. We believe women’s sports are an important part of Utah’s culture. Our club and ownership group are committed to delivering a product that our fans will be proud of. While we have faced adversity this season, we are focused on building a team off and on the field that can compete at the highest level for years to come.”

Utah Royals FC played out a goalless draw on Saturday night, despite many fans claiming it was their best game of the entire season. The previous game was a brutal 6-0 loss to Orlando Pride.

Fans are questioning the timing of the new head coach’s dismissal, so soon after the start of the season and after arguably the best performance of the entire year.

The first game under interim coach Jimmy Coenraets will take place next Sunday, July 7, at 4 p.m. against the Seattle Reign.