Real Salt Lake FW Corey Baird Called in to U.S. National Team

SANDY, UT (Wednesday, August 28, 2019) – Real Salt Lake FW Corey Baird has been called by in by U.S. National Team Head Coach Gregg Berhalter for upcoming friendlies against Mexico on Friday, September 6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (6:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, TUDN) and Uruguay on Tuesday, September 10 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri (6 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, TUDN).  He will join the U.S. following RSL’s match on Saturday against the Portland Timbers.

“Corey has had a good year and has been rewarded with goals in the last few weeks, so it’s good to see that he’s still in the conversation with the U.S. National Team,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said.  “It’s such a great opportunity for him to continue to develop and get some deserved attention.”

Baird, 22, is in his second year with Real Salt Lake after signing prior to the 2018 season.  A product of Real Salt Lake’s Academy, he has four goals and three assists in 25 matches this season after leading all rookies in scoring with eight goals, adding five assists in his 2018 MLS AT&T Rookie of the Year campaign.

Baird joins the U.S. National Team for his third senior call-up after notching an assist in two starts during January camp this year in his first opportunity.  He has three total caps for the U.S.  The Escondido, California, native also appeared for the U.S. U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 National Teams and prior to signing with Real Salt Lake was a three-time NCAA National Champion at Stanford University.

“Along the lines of progress, the starting point for the roster is we’re able to maintain a core group of main players from the Gold Cup and continue building. We are also bringing some new players into the fold that we feel have the potential to make an impact with this team,” Berhalter said.

Real Salt Lake is currently second in the Western Conference standings at 13-10-4 (43 points) and faces the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Providence Park.  Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT with live coverage on KMYU, the KSL TV app and ESPN 700.

Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 60/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 15/0) DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 37/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 6/0), Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 7/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 11/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 8/0),) Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 35/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 10/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 9/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 14/3), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 13/0), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 19/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 1/0)
FORWARDS (6): Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 3/0), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas/TUR; 5/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 33/5), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 31/13), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 7/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 51/10)