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Carlos Salcedo first academy player to start for RSL

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Only four days after making his first-team debut for Real Salt Lake, Carlos Salcedo is starting his first professional match with Real Salt Lake.

The young center back, who came through the Chivas Guadalajara youth setup, signed with Real Salt Lake at the beginning of the season after joining the club in the middle of 2012 for an extended period. He's impressed enough now that he's starting an MLS match.

On Saturday, he came in as a late defensive substitution to preserve a win. Tonight, he starts from the outset. It's been an impressive season for the youngster so far,

With RSL's academy coaches moving practice so the youngsters can watch, it's safe to say that eyes are on the kid. And he's very much a kid: Only 19, he's very young for a center back. His best is certainly in front of him. It bodes well.

Carlos Salcedo told Grande Sports Academy PR that he's making the first steps in his professional career: "Now I need to have a good career and then the third step is to go to Europe. Little by little it's all going to the right direction."

And while injuries may have set the cogs in motion for Salcedo's start, the player has instilled incredible confidence in the coaches.