Real Salt Lake's youth development accolades are continuing apace, with U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos announcing a roster on Saturday that included five academy products in the ranks.
The RSL-centric subsection of that list includes only one first-team player, Danny Acosta, who just signed for Real Salt Lake officially in the last week.
One other player among the RSL-AZ ranks has gone professional — that's Joshua Doughty, who signed for Manchester United. While he's not an RSL player and at this rate of development isn't likely to ever be one, this does spell something of a coup for the U.S. youth side, with Doughty previously more focused on the Canadian national team.
The remaining three are in college; right back Aaron Herrera is at New Mexico; left back Diego Silva is at Maryland; and midfielder Evan Waldrep is at Creighton. (Editor's note: A previous version of this story named Aaron Herrera as Christian Herrera's brother. We have been informed that is not in fact the case, and while we'd like to blame the fact that "brothers" is a common term in the sports world, we really don't have a good excuse for this error. We apologize.)
The final RSL-AZ connection is Jonathan Klinsmann, who played for Southern California academy side Strikers FC — that's a team that RSL regularly put multitudes of goals past, so the connection is somewhat tenuous. Still, it's fun to be reminded of that greatness.
GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Klinsmann (California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC; Lithia, Fla.), Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; San Pedro Sula, Honduras), Hugo Arrellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Jonathan Bell (DC United; Rockville, MD), Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), David Burns (Sacramento Republic; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (UCLA, Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern, Montclair, N.J.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Diego Silva (Maryland; Provo, UT)
MIDFIELDERS: Amir Bashti (Stanford; Cupertino, CA), Joshua Doughty (Manchester United; Manchester, England), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire; Carmel, IN), Lucas Mendes (DC United; Arlington, VA), Matt Olosunde (New York Red Bulls; Trenton, N.J.), Martin Salas (UNC; Dallas, Texas), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, PA), Evan Waldrep (Creighton, Peoria, Ariz.), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, VA), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS: Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke; Bethesda, MD), Sebastian Elney (Maryland; West Chester, PA), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, WA), Josh Perez (AFC Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Abu Winter (Philadelphia Union; Newtown Square, PA), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, NJ)