2014 was an interesting year to be a player hoping to crack into Real Salt Lake's crowded roster — and by interesting, I mean that it was as tough as it ever could have been. Jeff Cassar had taken over as head coach after Jason Kreis's departure, and with that, general manager Garth Lagerwey and Cassar hoped to retain a high degree of continuity.
It was reasonable, certainly, but it made the 2014 SuperDraft almost a foregone conclusion. The three players picked over four rounds didn't end up at the club, so we're trying to figure out where they landed this year.
Round 1: Ryan Neil (#18)
Ryan Neil, a full back, lasted with Real Salt Lake until the end of the club's preseason campaign. After that, he was released from his contract and went on trial with San Jose Earthquakes. He didn't make it there, either, and it's hard to tell if he's remained in professional soccer.
Round 3: Joey Dillon (#53)
After apparently signing with Real Salt Lake then being released from the club, midfielder Joey Dillon went on to sign with Arizona United for 2014. Playing in 25 matches, he was one of the mainstays for the USL Pro side, but he didn't do much in the way of production — he took only one shot in 25 matches and didn't net a single goal or assist.
Round 4: Daniel Jackson (#70)
Interestingly, it's forward Daniel Jackson — Real Salt Lake's final pick in 2014 — who made the biggest impact at a club, and while he didn't end up staying at RSL, he did land at NASL side Carolina Railhawks. He wasn't a consistent goalscorer there, but he did get playing time at a reasonably high level.
Will any of these players make Real Salt Lake's USL Pro side, Real Monarchs? It's tough to say, but we shouldn't be surprised if some familiar names waft into the mix.