Two of Real Salt Lake's young standout stars, Jordan Allen and Justen Glad, have been named to the roster for the MLS Homegrown Game against Club America's under-20 team.
Their coach? None other than Landon Donovan, whose coaching experience is — shall we say — currently non-existent. But Donovan, who has seemed to cut a little loose since retiring from the playing side, has seemed to name a reasonably solid roster for the match.
Allen has been particularly impress in 2015 for Real Salt Lake after sitting out nearly all of 2014 with a microfracture repair surgery. This year has been a big boost for him as a player, playing 682 minutes across 15 matches and notching a goal and two assists. He also appeared at the 2015 U-20 World Cup with the U.S., where he earned some playing time and was generally impressive.
Glad, 18, hasn't featured quite as heavily, but with RSL's defensive woes — whether because of injury, suspension, or international duty absence — he's started and played nearly every minute in four matches. And on Saturday, he came dangerously close to earning his first professional goal, but his headed shot hit the crossbar.
2015 MLS Homegrown Team Gameday Roster
Goalkeepers: Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew SC), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Defenders: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Eric Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC)
Midfielders: Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Roster via MLS Soccer press release