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Omar Holness signs with Bethlehem Steel

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The former RSL man is joining the USL club

MLS: Montreal Impact at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Omar Holness, once pegged to be a strong part of Real Salt Lake’s midfield, has signed with USL club Bethlehem Steel, according to a release from the Pennsylvania side.

Holness, 23, signed with Real Salt Lake in the 2016 MLS Draft; as a Generation Adidas player with former Jamaican national team experience, he seemed a rare talent coming out of college.

But his path at RSL was always a rocky one, and it rarely had anything to do with his innate skill or ability. In one of his first matches with Real Monarchs, he suffered an on-field seizure that sent shockwaves throughout American soccer. His recovery from that incident went well, though, and he did earn MLS minutes in his first season.

2017 promised to be a better year for Holness, but the midfielder found minutes difficult to come by in a chaotic time for the club. Then, at the midpoint of the season, he suffered what would be damning blow for his MLS chances in 2017 — and, apparently, 2018. In July, he suffered a ruptured ACL and had to undergo a surgery to repair it, and that was slated to keep him out for eight to 12 months.

Now at Bethlehem Steel, Holness has an opportunity to revitalize his career. He may not start immediately — especially given he may still be working back from his surgery — but he has his entire career in front of him now.