The MLS SuperDraft is coming up on Wednesday evening (Dec. 21st), which means it's time to look at some potential fits for RSL in the draft. MLS also just released their full list of the eligible players in the draft.
Real Salt Lake is currently slated to have three selections (all three of their natural selections in the draft): #16 overall, #45 overall (16th pick in the second round), and #74 overall (once again the 16th pick in the third round)
RSL could use reinforcements at center-back and along the frontline. Here are some players to watch who RSL could take a look at:
D Buster Sjoberg (Syracuse)
Sjoberg helped lead Syracuse to the 2022 NCAA College Cup title (the collegiate National Championship). He is one of the biggest bodies in the draft this year at 6'5, 195lbs. He started his career at Wofford, before transferring to the Orange where he started at CB from Day 1 (he started 17 matches this season, while also appearing in two others). With his size, he could definitely be a player to watch for RSL as one of the top CBs in the draft. Sjoberg is from Sweden, and would therefore require an International Roster Spot for whoever selects him.
D Andreas Ueland (Virginia)
Ueland has very similar size to Sjoberg (also 6'5), which is always a plus. He is one of the best CBs in the draft in terms of defending in open play, and putting himself in the right position. Ueland was named the 2022 ACC Defensive Player of the Year for a Cavalier team that fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Ueland scored two goals on the season while appearing in every match on the year. He's a four-year contributor, and has been one of the top CBs in college soccer for most of his career. Ueland is from Norway, and would thus require an International Roster Spot if he is selected.
D Daniel Munie (Indiana)
Munie was a big reason Indiana made a run to the National title game this year (where they fell to Sjoberg and the Orange). Munie (6'0, 180lbs) lacks ideal size, but was one of the best CBs in college soccer this season while leading the Indiana backline that kept nine clean sheets on the season. There are questions about whether Munie will be able to stick in the middle at the next level, but I think he's good enough to take. He might be a guy that you stick in MLS Next for a year to see whether he can stay at CB long-term. Munie was a third team United Soccer Coaches All-American this year.
D Daniel Wu (Georgetown)
Wu was a multi-year starter on the backline for a usually stout Georgetown squad, and helped lead them to the second round of the NCAA tournament (he also helped lead them to the 2019 National Championship). Wu started 22 games for that 2019 National Championship team, and also scored in the national title game. He has scored three goals (with two assists) across 59 appearances (and over 5,000 minutes) in his career. While he doesn't have ideal size, Wu has been a part of some strong defenses, and appears to be one of the better CBs in the class. Wu was a second team United Soccer Coaches All-American this season.
F Shaun Joash (Grand Canyon)
Joash has been very productive over the last two seasons for the Antelopes. He scored 12 goals (with six assists) this season, after scoring nine goals and adding four assists last year. Joash is a guy who can play at both winger and striker, and so he could be an intriguing option. If RSL wants to add depth to their attacking unit, then Joash could be that guy who adds depth to multiple positions. Joash is from England, and thus would require an International Roster Spot if he were selected.
F Eythor Bjorgolffson (Kentucky)
Bjorgolffson is one of the biggest body forwards in the draft (6'3, 195lbs). If RSL want a big target forward that they can try to develop into a contributor than Bjorgolffson could be their guy. He scored ten goals (and contributed two assists) for the Wildcats this past season. Bjorgolffson helped lead Kentucky to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament this year. He was also a first team United Soccer Coaches All-American this season. He is also from Norway, and thus would require an International Roster Spot if he were selected.