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Real Monarchs sign Taylor Peay, Brighton High grad

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The Salt Lake City native continues his professional career with RSL’s second side.

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Real Monarchs have completed a deal with Brighton High School graduate Taylor Peay, a 2014 second-round draft pick by Portland Timbers.

Peay, 25, played in only a handful of matches for the Timbers but was reasonably consistent in playing time with Timbers 2.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Peay will have been well-acquainted with RSL general manager Craig Waibel, who was an assistant coach with the Huskies in 2012 and 2013.

In a club-issued press release, Elliott Fall, Real Monarchs general manager, talked about Peay’s addition as being part of a broader roster construction strategy.

"Peay's addition is the latest find as we balance the Monarchs' roster construction between professional experience and also the promise of potential," said Fall. "We have talent which needs development as professionals and we still have experienced guys on the cusp of becoming MLS contributors."

Peay likely rounds out the Monarchs roster for at least a short time, with Mike Petke’s side starting play on Saturday against Peay’s old team, Timbers 2.