Real Salt Lake have sent young midfielder Sebastian "Bofo" Saucedo on loan to Liga MX outfit Veracruz for the calendar year, the teams announced on Tuesday.
Saucedo, 18, will join the Tiburones Rojos for the 2016 Clausura season, which got underway last weekend, and the 2016 Apertura season.
“This is a great opportunity for ‘Bofo’ to continue his development in a different environment with a chance for more playing time in a competitive league,” RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in a statement provided by the team.
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Saucedo is a product of RSL’s Arizona-based academy and signed a Homegrown deal with the team in July 2014. He earned his first MLS playing time in 2015, featuring for 168 minutes across nine league games, including the first start of his MLS career on Aug. 8 against Vancouver. He also played one game apiece for the Claret-and-Cobalt in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage and US Open Cup, in addition to earning seven starts for the team’s USL affiliate, Real Monarchs.
The loan marks the fourth time an RSL player has moved to Mexico in the past year. Last year, the club transferred Homegrown defender Carlos Salcedo to Chivas Guadalajara. More recently, out-of-contract midfielders Luis Gil and Luis Silva opted to sign south of the border after their RSL deals were up, landing with Queretaro FC and UANL Tigres, respectively.