Real Salt Lake have never been the singular most successful team in the third and fourth rounds of the MLS Draft, but every year, it feels like change is right around the corner.
This year, it might actually be the case. With Real Monarchs in place, we can look at our third-round picks not just as having to force their way into a crowded first team, but as potential players for our third-division side as well.
Today, we drafted a left back ("Another?", we all said in unison), Jordan Murrell, and a creative attacking midfielder, Lucas Baldin.
Murrell, who played at Syracuse, was born in England but calls Canada home. He's been involved in at least the Canada U18s and U20s, and he captained the U18s at one point. In the PDL, he played at Ocean City Nor'Easters (what a name!) and K-W United. Some reports indicated that Murrell was looking at going to Europe, and after he was a snub from the MLS combine, it's hard to blame him. Still, he's said he's excited for the opportunity, and there's not much else to say than that.
Baldin, the Brazilian attacking midfielder of the duo, comes from University of South Florida most directly and recently, but his resume is extensive: He played at Vitoria in Brazil, Cruz Azul and Toluca youth teams, and in PDL, Reading United and Seattle Sounders U-23s. He's a creative midfielder who seems to have a good eye for a pass and a shot, but it's hard to tell much more than that from his highlights. We'll do some digging, though, and let you know what comes out of that as we
pursue our future careers as professional scouts make known how little we actually know.
Until then, have some highlights from both players.