Real Salt Lake have signed their first-ever Home Grown player in Donny Toia.
The 18-year-old Tucson-born Toia, who has been involved with RSLâ€™s youth program in Arizona for the past two years, is expected to join the club later this week.
RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey, said that Toia is an exciting prospect for the future but made it clear he would need time to develop.
â€ś(He is) really athletic, left-footed, fast, can jump â€“ likely an attacking player,â€ť he said. â€śHeâ€™s so young â€“ as Luis [Gil] was when he started â€“ weâ€™ve got to see how he fits in with the group, and see where he projects over time.
â€śI think itâ€™s critical that we not put big expectations on players that are this young," he said. "These are players that are multiple years away from contributing to our team.â€ť