A technically-gifted player capable of playing at the top or on the outside of RSL’s midfield diamond, Velasquez should take an even bigger step forward in his third-year as a pro, with the now 22-year-old playmaker expected to continue to show the league why RSL made him the first Junior College player drafted in six years when the team picked him in the 2012 SuperDraft.
Velasquez had a solid second professional season, notching three assists in 19 league appearances – nine of which were starts – for the Claret-and-Cobalt. The Colombia native had a fine playoff performance for RSL, appearing in all five postseason games – two of which were starts – and scoring his first career goal against LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series.
Lookout for the young midfielder to continue grow his technical skill and mature in his third year with RSL in 2014.
RSL: Selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on 1/12/12
2013: Made 19 regular season appearances – nine of which were starts – in his second year as a pro … Recorded three assists and zero goals in the regular season … Notched his first assist in RSL’s 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC on March 30 … Provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 4 … Recorded an assist in a 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on May 25 … Appeared in all five of Real Salt Lake’s five postseason games – two of which were starts … Scored his first career goal in RSL’s 2-0 win over LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal
2012: Played nine regular season games – starting five – in his rookie season … Didn’t officially score a goal or provide an assist in league play, but did cause a play that led to a L.A. own goal in RSL’s season opening 3-1 win at the Galaxy on March 10 … Started the first three matches of the season, going 89 minutes in the opener at L.A., playing 84 minutes in RSL’s 2-0 win over New York on March 17 and going the first half in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s home loss to Chivas on March 24 … Didn’t play in RSL’s fourth of fifth game of the season, but again was in the starting lineup for games six and seven, playing 58 minutes in the team’s 2-0 win over Colorado on April 7 and going 63 minutes in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s April 14 loss at Kansas City … Made just two appearances in RSL’s next 25 league games, playing a total of 18 minutes as a sub in RSL’s win at Dallas on April 26 and in the team’s loss at San Jose on July 14 … Appeared in RSL’s final two regular season games off the bench, coming in for 19 minutes on Oct. 17 at L.A. and 27 minutes on Oct. 27 against Vancouver … Made an appearance off the bench in RSL’s 0-0 CONCACAF Champions League draw against C.S. Herediano on Oct. 23
Played two years at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina … Named NJCAA Second Team All-American after prolific scoring season in 2011 … Scored 55 goals and added 33 assists in 33 games in two years at SMC
Born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the United States with his mother when he was 14 months old … Monitored his hopeful selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by watching the online coverage alongside his family in Colombia