A fitting example of RSL’s youthful impact over the past weekend was the contribution of Young Designated Player Jefferson Savarino, who notched a goal and an assist during Real’s 2-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. The 20-year-old Venezuelan forward, who now has six goals and five assists to his name on the West’s fourth-ranked offense, was also voted No. 22 in the league’s annual 24 Under 24 series on Monday, potentially to be joined by other talented Real Salt Lake teammates later this week.
A side that earlier this year saw five players compete on the international stage for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Republic of Korea, featured: defenders Danny Acosta and Justen Glad, forwards Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon, and Academy alum and current University of New Mexico defender Aaron Herrera. Glad and Lennon each notched a goal during a dominant 6-0 U.S. victory against New Zealand to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals.
Their extensive international experience has translated onto the club side. Combined with the veteran leadership of senior national team players Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman, RSL has created a dynamic that appears to be hitting its stride at the right moment of the season.