Real Salt Lake ink 16-year-old goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup as youngest signing in club history


Real Salt Lake have signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup as a Homegrown Player, the club announced Tuesday, making him the youngest player to sign for the MLS club.

Dewsnup, who’s been called up to U-15 and U-17 US youth national teams, has been on the Real Monarchs matchday roster as a backup goalkeeper for USL Championship games. He also trained significantly with RSL’s first team during the 2020 season.

“He’s a very talented goalkeeper and we had a specific plan for him,” head coach Freddy Juarez said in a release. “We will continue to work with him to make sure he continues on that path to the first team. I want to thank all of the academy coaches that have helped Jeff’s development. That’s critical. He’s gotten a high degree of coaching.”

Dewsnup is the first Herriman, Utah, native to attend RSL’s academy and then sign an MLS contract. That’s where the club’s academy facility is located, leading to Dewsnup becoming their 24th academy signing.

“Jeff is a fantastic young goalkeeper with an extremely bright future in the game,” general manager Elliot Fall said in a release. “We are thrilled that that future will be in Claret and Cobalt. As a Herriman native, he is a further testament to our investment in development and soccer in our community.”

RSL currently have three other goalkeepers under contract, with Zac MacMath and Andrew Putna seeing the majority of first-team minutes in 2020. They also have US youth international David Ochoa, a 19-year-old Homegrown Player.

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