Update: That was quick. Chris Kamrani, Salt Lake Tribune reporter on the RSL beat, says the club has signed Glad.
Breaking: The Tribune has learned that Real Salt Lake has signed 17-year-old Justen Glad, RSL-AZ Academy product and U.S. U-18 player.— Chris Kamrani (@chriskamrani) April 5, 2014
Real Salt Lake could be set to sign 17-year-old defender Justen Glad to a homegrown contract, according to a reporter with American youth soccer website TopDrawerSoccer.
Sources telling me that U.S. U18 MNT defender Justen Glad is close to signing with Real Salt Lake.— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) April 4, 2014
Glad, 17, plays at Real Salt Lake's Arizona academy and has been constantly impressive, often playing an age group ahead at that level. He's also been a consistent performer with the reserves side, and he has impressed during those matches. Glad has been involved with the United States U-18 squad more recently.
Haven't seen Glad with the reserves? Give this September 8 match against Portland Timbers a watch.
If it is indeed the case, Glad signing would represent something of a coup for the club — he had been set to join Stanford. But should he be deemed professional-ready — something his performances have begun to indicate — Real Salt Lake will have yet another homegrown player at the club.
RSL Soapbox is seeking confirmation of this news, but given the sensitive nature of contract negotiations, it may be radio silence from official channels.