Real Monarchs SLC have signed 21 year-old FW Joe Gallardo who played 2182 minutes in 25 matches for USL League One side Richmond Kickers in 2019. A predominantly right-footed player Joe scored 6 goals or a goal every 363.7 minutes. Gallardo’s signing is pending league and federation approval while the terms of his signing have not been disclosed.
“Joe is a player that had a very good season in League One with Richmond Kickers,” RSL Technical Director Dan Egner said. “At his age and background, Joe is exactly the type of guy we look to bring into the Monarchs. Not only is he a quality player, he is a quality person that we believe can come in and make an immediate impact at the Championship level. We’re excited that we were able to work with Richmond to make this deal happen. League One will be a place we continue to look for good young talent that we believe can contribute at the USL Championship level, and hopefully the MLS level.”
Born in San Diego, Gallardo joined the Monterrey academy system in Mexico as a youth player before making a move to the United States in 2016 spending time with Orlando City B and Richmond Kickers.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity at a club that is known for giving young players opportunities,” Gallardo said.
People tell me to forget about my past, but my past is what keeps me going. It’s why I fight every day for this. Feeling more and more confident each day. I’ve been quiet for too long, but you’ll hear me soon. #hungry #soccer #nevergiveup #passion #patience #jogabonito pic.twitter.com/RGWJF4Bbm6— Joe Gallardo (@Jgallardo98_7) November 17, 2018
Real Monarchs roster headed into 2020 now stands at 9 as below:
Defenders (3): Steve Jasso, James Moberg, Noah Powder
Midfielders (3): Ricardo Avila, Sam Brown, Jordan Pena
Forwards (3): Kyle Coffee, Joe Gallardo, Damian German