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Player Profiles: Jordan Allen's promising start cut short by early injury

For the next few weeks, we'll be posting a series of articles profiling Real Salt Lake's 2014 squad. We're starting today with 18-year-old midfielder Jordan Allen, whose season was cut short by injury.

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Jordan Allen, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is capable of playing at any of the three levels of the pitch. As an all-around talented player, Allen is expected to add depth at full back and midfield positions on the right side. The 18-year-old played at the IMG Soccer Academy for a year before moving to the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, where he earned the Player of the Year Award from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Allen then spent last fall at the University of Virginia, leading them to the NCAA College Cup Semifinal. Allen was made the sixth Homegrown Player in RSL history when he was signed to a contract on Dec. 31, 2013.

Allen made his professional debut in the first two 2014 season matches, playing a total of nine minutes. In the second match, however, Allen suffered a tackle from behind that resulted in an ankle injury that also aggravated an existing knee injury. Expecting to contribute to the first team right away, Allen's first professional season was cut short. Allen will therefore just have to wait until the 2015 season to make his mark on the first team of RSL. Allen is a talented young player that could help RSL in the search for future silverware.

Editor's note: Those players who registered nearly no minutes in 2014 are unranked. Jordan Allen is one of those five.