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RSL signs midfielder Justin Portillo from Real Monarchs

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The move

Lucas Muller, RSL Soapbox

Real Salt Lake’s midfield depth is on the up, with the club announcing today that they’d signed Justin Portillo from Real Monarchs.

Portillo, 26, joined RSL’s second side in 2018, where he became a key cog in the midfield. He has been a near-constant figure in the club’s preseason, rendering his signing not particularly surprising.

In a club-issued release, RSL general manager Craig Waibel said Portillo’s signing is indicative of his taking advantage of the opportunity at Real Monarchs.

“Justin has been impressive in his time with the Monarchs and has earned the opportunity to sign a first team contract. It’s a great credit to his own talent and hard work and it’s great as an organization to be able to reward that commitment.”

From the release, Petke:

“After proving himself with the Monarchs this past season, Justin proved to us that has the qualities and ability to compete at the MLS level. I’m happy for Justin as he’s earned this opportunity.”

From the release, Portillo:

“This is a dream come true. Ever since I was a little kid, watching the games on TV I wanted to be in the league. It’s an exciting time for me and my family. It’s something I think that I’m ready to challenge for. I can’t wait to keep going with the club.”

Portillo joins Andrew Putna and Nick Besler on the 2019 roster as former Real Monarchs players.