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2019 RSL Player Profiles: Erik Holt

Holt had a pretty successful rookie year.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Coming out of a UCLA, 23-year-old had what I would consider a successful rookie year with Real Salt Lake. He played and started in five games which, for a club that prides itself on developing players, is a sign that RSL believes in what he has to offer and that there will be more to come from him.

Holt had what I consider to be two major highlights on the year. First, even though it was not MLS play, Holt was clearly a leader for RSL’s USL affiliate, the Monarchs. He scored four goals and had an assist for the USL side and was a huge part of their run to the championship.

Second, Holt had what I consider to be a breakout performance against LAFC in Los Angeles. RSL was really unlucky not to get a point out of that match and it was in large part due to Holt’s physical, imposing defensive work.

If I were to place bets, I would say that Holt has a future in MLS and will see more minutes with RSL in 2020 than he did in 2019. He will continue his upward trajectory.