Real Salt Lake has signed 17-year-old academy forward Julian Vazquez to a homegrown player deal, the club announced today.
Vazquez, the club’s 16th homegrown signing, joins following two years at the academy. However, he will not join RSL’s roster until the 2019 season.
Vazquez had previously committed to Utah Valley University.
In a club-issued press release, comments from Vazquez, RSL coach Mike Petke, and RSL general manager Craig Waibel:
“Real Salt Lake has been a huge part of my life because I’d always go to the games and supporting the team,” Vazquez reflected. “I know RSL utilizes its youth and trusts in its system I know I’m going to have to prove myself and I’m really excited about that. To be a part of the first team now is an honor to me and my family.”
“We’re excited to add another Academy player in Julian,” Real Salt Lake Head Coach Mike Petke said. “It’s important to utilize our academy and Julian has earned the right to be signed. Now it’s up to him of what he makes of it.”
“It’s always a proud day at RSL when we are able to sign a young player that has come through our system,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “We have made a commitment to youth development and Julian has done a lot to earn this opportunity.”