Two highly regarded Homegrown products have been rewarded with new contracts.
Real Salt Lake has announced defender Justen Glad and forward Jordan Allen have signed multi-year deals. Both academy products broke into the first team in 2015 and logged significant minutes last year, and also have valuable experience with the U.S. U-20 team.
“We are extremely proud of the players that [academy director] Martin Vasquez has been able to develop at our Academy since it opened its doors in 2010,” said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a team statement. “The Academy has been a priority for Real Salt Lake and the benefit of that comes in producing top-level talent that can represent the club for years.”
Glad, who turns 20 on Feb. 28, started 27 of his 28 appearances last year, scored two goals, and logged one assist. He had split time with the USL Real Monarchs and RSL in 2015, playing seven games for each team, and last year did enough to earn his teammates’ votes as Defensive Player of the Year.
This month he is with the U.S. U-20 team playing its Concacaf World Cup qualifiers in Costa Rica. “I’m super happy to be continuing my career with the team that game me my first shot and has put their faith in me from day one,” said Glad. “It’s exciting to continue working with a phenomenal organization, city and fan base.”
Allen, 21, came through an injury-marred 2014 to play 23 games (11 starts) in 2015 and hit the same numbers last year. His career stats are 48 appearances (22 starts), four goals, and four assists. He played three games for the U.S. at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup as it reached the quarterfinals and lost to eventual champion Serbia on penalty kicks.
“I’m excited to know that I will be with Real Salt Lake for a long time,” Allen said. “This is where I want to be and it’s great that the club has this amount of faith and confidence in me. Now this puts the onus on me to repay that confidence on the field moving forward.”