The latest player on trial at Real Salt Lake? Emery Welshman, a one-time player for Toronto FC as their 16th round draft pick in 2013 and a recent recipient of his first international cap — and goal — for Guyana.
Welshman, 22, played only once for Toronto, having come on as a substitute. Before that, he'd played at Oregon State, earning plaudits in his senior year after leading the Pac-12 in scoring. After being waived by Toronto, he went to Sigma FC in League1 Ontario, a semi-professional Canadian league.
The Sigma FC academy was where Welshman got his start, and it was something he described in a 2014 article as a "nice place to get my feet going" after leaving Toronto. Interestingly, two high-profile draft picks came from Sigma: Kyle Bekker in 2013 was drafted third by Toronto FC, and this year, Cyle Larin was the first overall pick.
Welshman is likely being looked at as an option for Real Monarchs, but one can never really tell with these things. To even reach that point, he'd first have to make it past RSL's Irvine camp, which has, in the past, featured a number of players that haven't made it with the first team. Still, it's an interesting opportunity for an interesting player.