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2018 Dossiers: Aaron Herrera

Another academy kid, another great talent.

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Aaron Herrera is a defender out of University of New Mexico, where he scored 7 goals and had 8 assists in his 54 matches. He was signed by Real Salt Lake this offseason as a homegrown player which makes him the 3rd active homegrown player for RSL at the moment.

What to know

Herrera was a member of the United States under-20 team that went to the FIFA 2017 U-20 World Cup, the same team his now-teammates Justen Glad, Danilo Acosta, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo were also on. He played for the University of New Mexico and is known for his abilities in the back, while also getting himself a handful of goals and assists in his college career. He is just 20 years old with a ton of promise for the future.

What to expect in 2018

Though it may be a little tough for him to find playing time, because it is his first season, I think due to Tony Beltran being injured and his ability to play Beltran’s position, he’ll find a decent amount of playing time. It’s tough to say for sure what Mike Petke will do come game day, but it seems likely it is expected that Herrera will take over Beltran’s position.

What to hope for

My hopes for him for 2018 are that he stays healthy and has a solid rookie season. I think he has the potential to be a really great player once he gets comfortable in this league and so I just hope Petke gives him enough minutes to enable himself to be comfortable in the league and become a really special player.