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Chris Schuler among eight Monarchs players called in for Internazionale friendly

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Schuler could make his first appearance for Real Salt Lake since July 11, 2015 against the biggest opponent the club will face this year.

Schuler is one of eight players called up from Real Monarchs to the first team for tonight’s friendly. He joined the team near the start of the year in a bid to reach full fitness, opening a potential door back to Real Salt Lake.

That hasn’t quite panned out in its fullest sense yet, but Schuler has, in our understanding, been training with Real Salt Lake in recent weeks, rather than with the Monarchs. While that might throw your suspicions into high gear, it’s worth keeping in mind that he hasn’t been playing for the Monarchs during that time.

In fact, Schuler has made only six starts for Real Monarchs since signing.

Monarchs call-ups dossier

  • Chris Schuler: You know the guy. Tall, center back, really really good.
  • Emilio Orozco: He can sometimes be a fantastic defender; other times, he gets outed as a USL defender. He’s young and can certainly step up to the plate.
  • Tyler Arnone: Both a right back and a defensive midfielder, Arnone is a good, solid player that deserves to see MLS minutes in his future.
  • Max Lachowecki: RSL’s left back draft pick this year, and a good attacking one, too.
  • Andrew Brody: He’s a potential homegrown player signing, and he’s been very good on the wings at times — he’s still a bit raw, but if he can adapt to RSL’s level, keep your eyes on him.
  • Alec Sundly: A good two-way midfielder, Sundly can transform himself into an MLS midfielder in the next two to three years.
  • Ricardo Velazco: This kid’s exciting. He came out of the academy, and since then, he’s impressed at every level he’s played at. He’s a goalscorer and a creator.
  • Kevaughn Frater: Here’s a bit of an unknown — Frater has often played only at the ends of matches, and during that time, he’s scored an important goal.