Real Salt Lake: Meet Devon Sandoval

Feb 18, 2015; Tucson, AZ, USA; Real Salt Lake forward Devon Sandoval (49) passes the ball under pressure from New England Revolution defender London Woodberry (44) during the first half at Kino Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The reason why I started this series with Devon Sandoval is simple: he’s young, second, we will be seeing him quite a bit this month due to the injuries to Joao Plata and Sebastian Jamie.

Sandoval was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and started his college career at San Diego State University.  After his first year playing for Aztecs he decided to transfer to the University of New Mexico to be closer to home.

After being drafted late in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Sandoval made for himself very quickly with Real Salt Lake by scoring 3 goals in US Open Cup play and scored a key goal against the Portland Timbers in the 2013 Western Conference Final.

After being on loan to the Carolina Railhawks to end 2014, Sandoval looks score his first goal since the 2013 final against Portland.

Look for this powerful striker to play with a chip on his shoulder (yes all the way up there) while his fellow attacking teammates are hurt. Sandoval’s playing time has been increased and he will remain on the pitch for the remainder of April.

I predict that Sandoval won’t bang one in until May 23rd at home against New York City FC against former staff Jason Kreis, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy, Sebastian Velasquez, and Josh Saunders. However, I think Sandoval will have 2 assists before that match.

Do you think I missed something unique about Devon Sandoval?  If you have something interesting that I didn’t include either leave a comment or tweet me @ZeekIsFansided.