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RSL picks UVA’s Bret Halsey in 2021 MLS Draft


Courtesy of MLS Soccer / University of Virginia

With the seventh pick in the 2021 MLS Draft, Real Salt Lake selected Bret Halsey, a Generation Adidas player from University of Virginia.

Halsey, who was named to the ACC All-Tournament team in both 2019 and 2020, was tipped to play at right back behind Aaron Herrera on the MLS stream by Matt Doyle.

Halsey joins as a Generation Adidas player; as a result, he will use a supplemental roster spot. It’s the first time RSL has drafted a player of that designation since picking up Omar Holness, who was a GA player through his time at Real Salt Lake.

The move is slightly different than RSL’s usual approach, owing in no small part to a poor finish to 2020. That allowed them to pick up a player with potential who is already signed to an MLS contract.

It’s difficult to say if the pick was made in part because of uncertainty in Real Salt Lake’s ownership or whether Halsey was a player that RSL had been watching and valued.