Real Salt Lake selects Harvard midfielder in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Real Salt Lake selected Harvard midfielder Sam Brown 17th overall in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

Here’s what you need to know:

• The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native played four years with the Crimson, scoring three goals and 12 assists in 62 games. He once played for the U14/15 USA Youth National Team.

• Real selected Washington striker Kyle Coffee in the second round.

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• RSL still has the 65th, 80th and 89th picks in the yet-to-be completed draft. The final rounds of the draft will be held via a conference call on Monday.

• The club has already signed two former college players, Louisville’s Tate Schmitt and UCLA’s Erik Holt. Both are graduates of RSL’s academy in Arizona, which has since been moved to Herriman. Academy graduates, or “homegrown” players, are exempt from the SuperDraft.

“The big thing for us right now is our culture,” RSL general manager Craig Waibel said. “These young players need to be committed to their development and we want to be committed to them. Our roster is in a good spot right now. The balance of the roster is very good right now and we’re fortunate and happy to add players like Sam and Kyle to the mix.”

from deseretnews.com – Top Stories http://bit.ly/2FlJt6O

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