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Real Monarchs squad released; RSL academy standout trio in squad

The initial Real Monarchs squad has finally been revealed, and we've got the list here.

There are only 13 players here, and given we know that the match day squad can include some academy players (five may have been one number discussed publicly) and some players from Real Salt Lake (though those mechanisms haven't been revealed), the number's probably not so strange.

It'll be interesting to see how the squad evolves over the next few months.

Real Monarchs face Weber State University on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Utah Valley University on Wednesday (4 p.m.).

Goalkeepers (1)

Victor Rodriguez (University of New Mexico)

Defenders (3)

Marvin Baumgartner (FC Zurich, El Salvador U-20)

Darion Copeland (University of Alabama)

Riley McGovern (University of New Mexico), right back

Midfielders (6)

Lucas Baldin (USF), an attacking possession-oriented midfielder who was on trial with Real Salt Lake through all of preseason — and Real Salt Lake's third-round draft pick

Lennon Celestino (Uniao Barbarense, Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Miami FC, Desportivo Brasil)

Garrett Losee (Cal State Fullerton, BYU), who was set up at Cal State Fullerton through (I believe) Brian Dunseth

Coco Navarro (Marquette, RSL academy), an attacking midfielder

Alec Sundly (New England Revolution, Rochester Rhinos, University of California)

Ricardo Velasco (FC Tucson, Louisville)

Forwards (3)

Leon Brown (Notre Dame)

Etiandro Tavares (RSL academy, Arizona Western College)

Emery Welshman (Toronto FC, Sigma FC), RSL trialist through preseason