REAL MONARCHS SIGN RYAN SIERAKOWSKI AHEAD OF RETURN TO PLAY
Sierakowski Bolsters Attacking Depth for Reigning USL Championship Title-Winners; Andrew Brody and Josh Heard Return from Loan Stint
HERRIMAN, Utah (Thursday, July 9, 2020) – Real Monarchs announced today the signing of Ryan Sierakowski from Portland Timbers 2 ahead of the club’s return to play after a 17-week stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sierakowski’s signing is pending league and federation approval. Real Salt Lake traded its 2023 MLS SuperDraft fourth round selection to the Portland Timbers unless Sierakowski signs an MLS contract with the club. In that case, the pick is conveyed as RSL's second round pick in the subsequent season of his signing.
Additionally, the club has announced the return of defender Andrew Brody and midfielder Josh Heard after the duo spent the 2019-2020 season on loan with FC Pinzgau in the Austrian third division. Heard will be made active on the roster upon the receipt of his visa.
“Ryan is a player that we have admired for quite some time,” RSL Technical Director Dan Egner said. “He is athletic, great around goal, and a proven player at the USL Championship. We expect big things from Ryan and can’t wait to see him with the rest of the group.”
Sierakowski, 22, was drafted 23rd overall by the Portland Timbers in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft before signing with Timbers 2 of the USL Championship. During his time with T2, Sierakowski notched eight goals in 2,230 minutes played across 2019 and 2020. The Barrington, Illinois native featured for Michigan State University from 2015-2018 where he made 81 appearances and scored 33 goals and tallied 16 assists. Sierakowski stands as the first and only player in Michigan State history to lead the team in goals and assists in all four seasons of his college career.
Name: Ryan Sierakowski
Pronunciation: SEE-AIR-uh COW-ski
Weight: 170 lbs
Real Monarchs full roster ahead of its return to play is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Jimmy Slayton
Defenders: Andrew Brody, Nicolas Gimenez, Steve Jasso, James Moberg, Taylor Peay, Noah Powder, Michael Wetungu
Midfielders: Ricardo Avila, Jack Blake, Sam Brown, Dayonn Harris, Josh Heard, Jordan Pena, Arturo Rodriguez
Forwards: Chris Bermudez, Kyle Coffee, Joe Gallardo, Damian German, Ryan Sierakowski, Devin Vega
Real Monarchs face San Diego SC on Saturday, July 11 at 2:00p MT at Rio Tinto Stadium in a match that will be televised nationally on ESPN Deportes and locally on the KSL TV app. The match will also mark first live team sports match since March that will have fans in attendance. For a comprehensive list of safety protocols to keep players, staff, fans and media safe at Real Monarchs matches, click here.