There was a time, several years ago, in which Jordan Allen was one of the brightest players in Real Salt Lake’s academy. Now, he’s at a delicate point in his career where injuries have repeatedly set him back, and we’re wondering: What does 2018 hold for the promising winger?
What to know
Allen, a graduate of the RSL Academy and a one-year player at University of Virginia, played only two games in his first season at the club back in 2014 after suffering an early-season injury. 2015 and 2016 both saw more successful years, playing 23 matches and starting 11 in both years (yeah, it’s a little funny that they line up so closely.) But 2017 saw him play only two games again, and it was injuries that were to blame.
What to expect in 2018
Our best guess is that Allen will be a rotational player for RSL in 2018, and that’s because he’s still recovering from the same injury that kept him out for the entirety of last year. Don’t expect him to play much unless he manages a big recovery from those injuries.
He’s also behind Jefferson Savarino, Joao Plata and Brooks Lennon for spots, among others. That puts him in a difficult position, but it’s the right one as he looks to get his career back on track.
What to hope for
My best hope for Allen is that he’ll take the injuries that have plagued his career to this point and put them behind him. He’s a smart player, and he has every chance to do just that, but there’s also an element of uncertainty and luck behind that. I’d like to see him play 10 matches, either as a substitute or a starter.