(Photo courtesy: Clemson Athletics)
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake announced Saturday that it has signed defender Phanuel Kavita as a Homegrown Player. Per league and club policy, the financial terms of the contracts will not be disclosed.
"Phanny is a real success story of our Academy. He has excelled on the field for Clemson, but also in the classroom where he graduated early with a degree in psychology,” said RSL Technical Director Craig Waibel. “That sort of character is exactly the kind of person we want associated with Real Salt Lake and we are excited to have him join the club."
Kavita, 22, is a product of the RSL-Arizona Academy and was a standout at Highland High School in Salt Lake City’s Sugarhouse neighborhood. He spent the last four years at Clemson University, where he started all four years and was the team’s captain during his junior and senior seasons.
During his tenure with the Tigers, he started all 81 matches and keyed a strong Clemson defense. During his senior season, Clemson finished 12-7-3 with nine of the final 10 matches coming against nationally ranked opponents. In those 10 matches, Clemson went 6-1-3. The season culminated with an ACC Tournament Championship, the Tigers’ first since 2001. Kavita was named to the All-ACC Second Team and to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
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Player: Phanuel Kavita
Weight: 184 lbs.
Date of Birth: March 9, 1993
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
How acquired: Signed as a Homegrown Player with Real Salt Lake on January 17, 2015.