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2018 Dossiers: Brooks Lennon

Will this rising star finally break into the starting 11 in 2018?

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Brooks Lennon is just one of the many rising stars from the RSL Academy that made his way to the first team (with a slight detour through Europe). Nevertheless, he’s here for good now as he signed to a contract in the offseason that makes him all RSL’s once again.

What to know:

Lennon plays as a forward typically and mainly came off the bench for Real Salt Lake throughout the 2017 season, though he did score 3 goals and had 4 assists. He played for the United States Men’s U-20 National team at the beginning of 2017 in the U20 World Cup as well as was invited to the senior USMNT national camp at the beginning of 2018.

What to expect:

I think you can expect a little more of the same for Lennon as he had last year. Seeing as the competition for his spot is really tough to break through right now, with our forwards including the likes of Luis Silva, Jefferson Savarino, and Alfredo Ortuño, I think he’ll find himself starting sporadically but with regular substitute appearances. Hopefully I’m wrong in that guess and he gets some good minutes in, because the kid is talented, but he’ll have to work incredibly hard with as high as the competition is right now.

What to hope for:

What I hope to see from Lennon is really just a breakout year. I think he’s finally going to be comfortable in the league, and he’ll prove himself with the time Petke gives him, maybe get a few more goals than last season, and really show that he deserves to be starting. Lennon is a really talented player that we brought all the way through the Academy; I hope maybe he can earn a starting spot just to prove once again how strong our academy is.