SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, January 12, 2020) – Real Salt Lake announced that the club has signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup as a Homegrown Player ahead of the 2021 season. He is the youngest player signed to the RSL roster in club history and the 24th RSL Academy Product to earn a contract with Real Salt Lake.
“He’s a very talented goalkeeper and we had a specific plan for him,” Head Coach Freddy Juarez said. “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.”
A Herriman, Utah native, Dewsnup has 12 appearances for the RSL Academy at the U-16/17 level. Dewsnup has also been selected to the Real Monarchs matchday squad as a backup goalkeeper, as well as having trained significantly in 2020 with RSL. In addition, Dewsnup becomes the first Herriman City native to attend the RSL Academy and sign for Real Salt Lake.
“It feels amazing to be able to sign with the team I’ve supported my whole life,” Dewsnup said. “I’ve always looked up to the other homegrown players in the club and have wanted to be just like them. It just feels like a dream come true!”
Internationally, he has been called up for the U.S. at the U-15 and U-17 levels.
“Jeff is a fantastic young goalkeeper with an extremely bright future in the game,” General Manager Elliot Fall said. “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.”
Real Salt Lake current roster as of 01/11/21
Goalkeepers (4): Zac MacMath, David Ochoa, Andrew Putna, Jeff Dewsnup
Defenders (8): Andrew Brody, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Ashtone Morgan, Noah Powder, Marcelo Silva, Donny Toia
Midfielders (7): Nick Besler, Bode Davis, Damir Kreilach, Everton Luiz, Justin Portillo, Pablo Ruiz, Albert Rusnák
Forwards (8): Maikel Chang, Chris Garcia, Milan Iloski, Douglas Martinez, Justin Meram, Jeizon Ramirez, Rubio Rubin, Tate Schmitt
TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake signs goalkeeper Jeff Dewsnup as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 11, 2021.