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One of our academy players is going where? Josh Doughty, 17, off to Manchester United, reports say

Grande Sports Academy, 2013

Real Salt Lake academy player Josh Doughty is apparently off on a great English adventure after having passed a medical with Manchester United, according to reports from MLS Soccer, the ever-so-reliable Daily Star, and others.

Doughty, 17, was part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy championship-winning side in 2013. His British-citizen parents make the move possible, MLS Soccer reported.

It's pretty remarkable, and it says something very positive about our academy when one of our players goes off to a considerably larger team. It might sting a little bit, and it probably should — we should feel like our academy's been poached a little. But it's also worth remembering that Doughty hasn't even necessarily been the top-rated talent there now — that should be the most encouraging factor.

At any rate, it's difficult to say where this puts the player long-term, and it doesn't guarantee success at any level. But it's exciting and hugely encouraging for everybody involved, so let's not forget that.