SANDY, Utah – (Wednesday, January 15, 2020) – Real Salt Lake has signed forward Milan Iloski, an RSL Academy product who has spent the last three seasons at UCLA, to a Homegrown Player contract the club announced today.
“Milan was one of the top goal-scorers in the country last year at UCLA and proved that he’s ready to make the jump to the professional level,” RSL General Manager Elliot Fall said. “He is another great example of our emphasis on developing young players through our Academy system and we are excited to add him to the mix and see his continued development.”
Iloski, 20, led the Pac-12 and ranked fourth in the country in scoring in 2019 with 17 goals in 16 matches. His breakout season included matches that saw him score five goals in a 5-2 win over San Diego State on October 6 and three goals in a 3-2 win over Maryland on September 6. He scored goals in three consecutive matches on two separate occasions. The Escondido, Calif., native finished his three-year college career with 23 goals and six assists in 46 appearances, 36 as a starter.
Prior to joining the Bruins, Iloski netted 16 goals and 15 assists in 36 matches for the Real Salt Lake Academy in the 2016-17 season. The RSL Academy – then based in Casa Grande, Arizona – went 24-6-6 to lead the Southwest Division.
Real Salt Lake currently has nine products of the RSL Academy on its 2020 roster – goalkeeper David Ochoa; defenders Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera and Erik Holt; midfielder Luis Arriaga; and forwards Corey Baird, Iloski, Tate Schmitt and Julian Vazquez. In each of the last two seasons, RSL has led MLS in minutes played by its academy products.
Real Salt Lake finished the 2019 season third in the Western Conference at 16-13-5 (53 points) and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the second consecutive season. RSL will open the 2020 season on the road against Orlando City SC on February 29 before returning to Rio Tinto Stadium for the home opener against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, March 7, at 12 p.m. MT.
TRANSACTION: Signed FW Milan Iloski as a Homegrown Player on January 10, 2020.
Real Salt Lake's current roster headed into 2020, listed alphabetically by position, is below:
Goalkeepers (3): Zac MacMath, David Ochoa, Andrew Putna
Defenders (7): Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Alvin Jones, Nedum Onuoha, Marcelo Silva, Donny Toia
Midfielders (7): Luis Arriaga, Nick Besler, Damir Kreilach, Everton Luiz, Justin Portillo, Pablo Ruiz, Albert Rusnák
Forwards (8): Corey Baird, Maikel Chang, Milan Iloski, Sam Johnson, Douglas Martinez, Jefferson Savarino, Tate Schmitt, Julian Vazquez