HERIMMAN, UTAH (Thursday, January 21, 2021) – Real Salt Lake added defensive depth in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas on Thursday, selecting Generation adidas defender Bret Halsey out of the University of Virginia with the 7th overall pick.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bret Halsey to the Real Salt Lake family,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Elliot Fall said. “Bret is an all-around player with the potential to compete in multiple spots on the field. We are eager to see what he brings to the pitch and look forward to seeing him in Utah.”
Halsey, a two-time ACC All-Tournament recipient, appeared in 31 matches, all starts, during his three seasons with the Cavaliers, including eight this past fall playing every minute of every match. During the 2019 campaign he played in 22 of the 24 matches on Virginia’s way to the NCAA National Championship final where they eventually fell in penalty kicks to Georgetown.
The University of Virginia defender is a Generation adidas player, a joint venture between Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer, meaning should he be rostered he will not count against the team’s senior roster.