Real Salt Lake, for many years, has been one of the few teams in Major League Soccer to capitalize on its ability to carve out a space for its Homegrown Players to grow and succeed at every level. With 32 Homegrowns in the Club’s 18-year history, RSL have set the bar for what an academy can achieve, tying FC Dallas for the most Homegrown products in the league. During the 2021 season RSL led the way in Homegrown minutes, totaling 11,304 minutes across the 34 games, anchored by Andrew Brody, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera and David Ochoa.
Since 2020 the Club has signed 11 Homegrown Players, and with the exception of Andrew Brody they have all been under the age of 20. While their impact on the field at the MLS level has yet to be felt, the implications of what is building can be felt clearly. Utilizing the duality of the RSL Academy and the Monarchs, Real Salt Lake is able to sign players at a young level while still allowing them to develop using the breadth of all of the organization’s resources.