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Two more years with Real Monarchs SLC for Sebastian Velasquez

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Sweet validation for the more mature version of an oft troubled soccer player

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Sebastian Velasquez announced today via Twitter that he has signed a new contract that adds two more years to his already existing contract with Real Monarchs SLC for 2018.

Following a year where he was named to the 2017 USL All-League 1st Team and was instrumental in leading the Monarchs to the USL regular season championship, Velazquez continues to display personal growth and a desire for stability in his life.

Sebastian was originally drafted 36th overall in the 2012 season by Real Salt Lake and spent three turbulent years here before being traded to NYCFC in December of 2014 following his arrest on DUI and speeding charges in May of that year. Following a single year with NYCFC and public disclosure of his turbulent childhood and young adult years , Sebastian signed for a single season with Rayo OKC in the NASL and helped them to the NASL Championship cup before the team folded following the 2016 season.

Expressing a desire to be near to the son he fathered while in SLC, Velasquez singed with the Monarchs in 2017 and demonstrated leadership and class throughout the Monarchs 3rd season. It now appears that he will be reuniting with his mother as well as he attempts to further establish permanent roots to build from.

By all appearance Sebastian is set to become a leadership figure for the Monarchs as they open the new 5,000 seat Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman and further integrate RSL Academy players into the championship USL side of 2017.