MLS 22 Under 22: Brooks Lennon Clocks in at No. 15

Real Salt Lake’s Academy pipeline is flowing strong at the MLS level.  Touting the likes of regular starters Justen Glad, Brooks Lennon and Aaron Herrera and other contributors Sebastian Saucedo and Danilo Acosta, there are fingerprints of the Academy all over RSL’s success this season.

In’s 22-under-22 list, recognizing some of the top young talent in the league, Real Salt Lake is also well-represented and on Wednesday, Lennon landed in the No. 15 spot on the list.

Lennon is in his second season in MLS after a highly successful run with RSL’s Academy.  He spent one season with Liverpool before returning to his roots with Salt Lake and has been an instant contributor since his arrival.  He played mostly on the wing in his first season, notching three goals and four assists while showing great potential in the RSL attack.

This year, though, he shifted to the right back spot that was vacated when stalwart defender Tony Beltran went down with a knee injury late last season.  With each week, he has seen steady improvement in his new role, starting in 29 of RSL's 31 matches in that position with high hopes of reaching the heights of the U.S. National Team.

“I definitely think I have the quality to be getting called in for the national team, hopefully that comes sooner rather than later,” Lennon told Tom Bogert at

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Stay tuned for more RSL action in the 22-Under-22 list when the rest of the players are revealed on Thursday.