Chris Kamrani reported from training today that Real Salt Lake players Jordan Allen, Sebastian Velasquez, Aaron Maund, and Devon Sandoval were all training. THANK THE SOCCER GODS.
Real Salt Lake have been bitten by the injury bug this season in a way that none of us expected or hoped for. The depth that we were all so excited about to start the season seemed to evaporate like a puddle in the middle of a Saharan summer (shut up Jake!). To hear that this group is back up and training, especially before the match at Kansas City on the weekend is very encouraging.
Both Allen and Maund saw time early in the season and went down with small knocks that required a couple of weeks of recovery. Both were bright spots in the minutes that they logged. Allen, specifically, coming on in his first year as a professional and adding to each game he played in is very encouraging. Sebastian picked up a hamstring injury that has refused to heal, injuring it again in training two weeks ago. It’s also great to hear that he is back up and training. We saw the re-introduction of Sandoval this last weekend against TFC, a perfect opportunity for him to come back and get some minutes in a full game situation.
As all of these players come back to full fitness the decisions for a game day squad become that much more difficult for head coach Jeff Cassar. Players will have to push to stand out in his eyes as that guy that definitely gets the start. This is a problem we should all hope for! We want competition and depth at every position. That is a big part of why we have been and can continue to be successful.
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