Real Monarchs manager Mark Briggs charged with domestic assault

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

SALT LAKE CITY -- The coach of a minor league soccer team in Utah is facing multiple charges of domestic assault and attempting to tamper with a witness.

Prosecutors in Draper, Utah, filed four misdemeanor charges against 36-year-old Mark Briggs last Wednesday.

Briggs coaches the Real Monarchs, a Herriman-based team that plays in the United Soccer League and is affiliated with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.

Briggs' attorney Greg Skordas says that there was no merit to the claims and that the case should not have been filed.

Real Salt Lake issued a statement Tuesday afternoon.

"Real Salt Lake will remain in close communication with local authorities and MLS/USL offices throughout this investigation," it read.

"The club will not have further comment on this matter until the conclusion of our investigation, at which time additional and further disciplinary action may or may not be taken."

English native Briggs has been head coach of the Real Monarchs since 2017.