Real Salt Lake has announced another player that will join the club in 2021: Andrew Brody, another homegrown product who has been a figure for Real Monarchs for several years.
Brody, 25, joined Real Monarchs in 2016 after having played collegiate soccer at Louisville.
In a club-issued release, RSL general manager Elliott Fall described Brody’s rise through the ranks, attributing the biggest bump to his time in Austria with Pinzgau Saalfelden:
“Andrew is a great example of success in our development pipeline. He’s a player that came up through our Academy and had success in the Academy. He went to college and had success in college. He came in with the Monarchs and did well with the Monarchs. He was on fringe of playing at the MLS level and went to Austria for six months and was great. He took that next step in his development and came back a different player. He’s earned it and we are proud and excited to have his name on an RSL kit.”
From the release, Brody himself:
“Ever since joining the Academy at 16 the goal was always to sign for the first team. Although it took longer than I expected, I couldn’t be happier to finally achieve that goal. I’m excited to get going and show the team what I can do.”
RSL coach Freddy Juarez:
“He always gives you 100% in training and in games. There have been opportunities here and there with some Open Cup games and international games and he didn’t seem out of his depth. He raises the standards of training and he’s done everything through our RSL pathway and beyond and he’s earned the opportunity.”
Brody is the third player in the last week to sign a contract starting in 2021 — he’s joined by two other Real Monarchs players in Bode Davis and Noah Powder.