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Masta Kacher crosses the divide to join champion Real Monarchs SLC

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USL veteran was persistent thorn in the side of the Monarchs playing for Colorado Springs in 2017

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Kacher, who was born in Algeria but emigrated to Montreal, Canada early in his youth, grew up in the Montreal Impact academy and spent the 2015 and 2016 USL seasons with FC Montreal. With the closure of FC Montreal last season, Masta moved to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks for the 2017 season.

As a Switchback in 2017, Kacher appeared as an attacking wing player in all 32 regular season matches, including the three matches with Real Monarchs SLC. He was instrumental in the early 2-1 victory in Colorado Springs scoring the first goal and running the right side of the Monarchs defense ragged for 86 before a last minute substitution.

For the second match in May at Salt Lake City he showed versatility by switching to the right side of the Colorado Springs attack and had another strong 90 minutes providing an assist for the late goal by former Monarch Kevaughn Frater in the 87th minute.

In the final August meeting he was back on the left side and won a penalty kick which was stopped by Connor Sparrow in the 77th minute.

Still only 22 years of age and having a season of experience playing at high altitudes Masta will be looked upon to perform a great deal of work and pace on the wing of the Monarchs attack.

Assistant General Manager Dan Egner identified Kacher as a prime target of the Monarchs. “Masta is a guy that we’ve been after for a long time. He’s been in the league for three years, even though he’s only 22 years old. At Colorado Springs he started every match in 2017 and really came into himself. He is lethal and cuts in from the left side and before you know it, you’re picking the ball out of the back of the net. He plays the style of football that we like and he’s going to fit right in with this group.”

Kacher added his own thoughts and feelings. “It feels great to be here in Utah. I’ve been here just a few days and the organization and coaching staff have already made me feel so welcome. Last year the Monarchs were champions and every time I played against the Monarchs in the past, I wanted to do well. Now I’m here and looking forward to the challenge and playing for such a great club.”

With this signing the Monarchs are back up to 15 players as follows:

Goalkeepers: (2) Andrew Putna, Jake Leeker

Defenders: (3) Michael Gallagher, David Diosa, Konrad Plewa

Midfielders: (6) Charlie Adams, James Moberg, Karsten Hanlin, Sebastian Velasquez, Justin Portillo, Maikel Chang, Masta Kacher

Forwards: (3) Chandler Hoffman, Juan Ignacio Mare, Andrew Brody