RSL-AZ Academy standouts join senior squad in preseason training

Some standouts from the Real Salt Lake-Arizona academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., are training with the senior squad.

Real Salt Lake's preseason has kicked off in Casa Grande, Ariz., and with that, some of the academy prospects are being handed a chance to learn from the senior squad and the coaching staff.

As preseason progresses, we'll have more on these young players — but for now, let's take a look at who's in camp with the senior squad. Photos by Garrett Cleverly, Grande Sports Academy PR.

Defenders

Ive Burnett, a quick full back, has seen some quality time with the RSL reserves and is consistently among the top 20 national defender rankings. Graduates 2013, committed to University of South Carolina.

Jon Zabasajja is a center back that's apparently not seen too much time with the U-17/18s but was a standout at the U-15/16 level. Graduates 2013, committed to Southern Methodist University.

Midfielders

Jordan Allen, who has left the academy to finish his senior year of high school at home in New York, is one of the top prospects in the nation and is regularly involved with the United States U-18s. He's also featured in a handful of reserves matches with Real Salt Lake. Graduates 2013, committed to the University of Virginia.

Andrew Brody, A promising midfielder. TopDrawerSoccer ranks him as the 24th-best midfielder in his age group. Graduates 2013, committed to the University of Louisville.

Forwards

Benji Lopez has seen time with the United States U-18s. He's a great goalscoring talent.Graduates 2013, committed to Syracuse.

Sebastian Saucedo is a Utah native (and played with La Roca) who has played with the US U-15s. He's got the world in front of him and all that. Graduates 2015.

Jose "Coco" Navarro is another excellent goalscorer at the academy level. Graduates 2013, committed to Marquette University.

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