A technically-gifted player capable of playing at the top or on the outside of the Monarchs midfield, Velasquez should take an even bigger step forward in his seventh-year as a pro, with the now 27-year-old playmaker expected to continue to show the United Soccer League why RSL made him the first Junior College player drafted in six years when the team picked him in the 2012 SuperDraft.
In Velasquez's return-season in Utah saw an electrified midfielder that made 25 starts in 27 appearances while scoring nine goals and six assists, good for second on the team.
Lookout for the midfielder to continue grow his technical skill and lead by example in his second year with the Monarchs in 2018.
MONARCHS: Made his return to Utah after being signed on 1/2/17 by the Monarchs ahead of the 2017 season
RSL: Selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on 1/12/12
2017: Returned to Utah signing with the Monarchs where he played his best season as a professional, scoring nine goals and was second on the team in assists with six. Velasquez made 25 starts and played in 27 total matches for the club.
2016: Was the first player to be signed by NASL Expansion side Rayo OKC where he made 16 appearances, scoring two goals.
2015: Traded to New York City FC in December 2014, Velasquez made five starts with 12 appearances over 446 minutes for the MLS Expansion side.
2014: Appeared in 10 matches with one start notching one goal and a pair of assists for Real Salt Lake.
2013: Made 19 regular season appearances – nine of which were starts – in his second year as a pro … Recorded three assists and zero goals in the regular season … Notched his first assist in RSL’s 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC on March 30 … Provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 4 … Recorded an assist in a 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on May 25 … Appeared in all five of Real Salt Lake’s five postseason games – two of which were starts … Scored his first career goal in RSL’s 2-0 win over LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal
2012: Played nine regular season games – starting five – in his rookie season … Didn’t officially score a goal or provide an assist in league play, but did cause a play that led to a L.A. own goal in RSL’s season opening 3-1 win at the Galaxy on March 10 … Started the first three matches of the season, going 89 minutes in the opener at L.A., playing 84 minutes in RSL’s 2-0 win over New York on March 17 and going the first half in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s home loss to Chivas on March 24 … Didn’t play in RSL’s fourth of fifth game of the season, but again was in the starting lineup for games six and seven, playing 58 minutes in the team’s 2-0 win over Colorado on April 7 and going 63 minutes in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s April 14 loss at Kansas City … Made just two appearances in RSL’s next 25 league games, playing a total of 18 minutes as a sub in RSL’s win at Dallas on April 26 and in the team’s loss at San Jose on July 14 … Appeared in RSL’s final two regular season games off the bench, coming in for 19 minutes on Oct. 17 at L.A. and 27 minutes on Oct. 27 against Vancouver … Made an appearance off the bench in RSL’s 0-0 CONCACAF Champions League draw against C.S. Herediano on Oct. 23
Played two years at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina … Named NJCAA Second Team All-American after prolific scoring season in 2011 … Scored 55 goals and added 33 assists in 33 games in two years at SMC
Youth soccer days included time with Greenville Futbol Club, St. Giles Futbol Club, Carolina Elite Soccer Association and finally Discoveries Soccer Club in Rock Hill, SC, where he played alongside fellow 2012 RSL draftee Enzo Martinez
Born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the United States with his mother when he was 14 months old … Monitored his hopeful selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by watching the online coverage alongside his family in Colombia