From the Forest to the Mountains, Introducing Brian Ojeda

HERRIMAN, Utah (Thursday, August 4, 2022) – Real Salt Lake added 22-year-old MF Brian Ojeda to his roster by way of one-year mortgage from English Premier League facet Nottingham Forest, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and work visa. The Paraguayan worldwide is the first-ever RSL participant to be added to its roster by way of Major League Soccer’s U-22 mechanism.

Ojeda joined Nottingham Forest final August at the outset of their EFL Championship marketing campaign, showing in three matches following a South American membership profession in his native Paraguay and a year-long mortgage in Argentina. Throughout Ojeda’s first European season, the athletic two-way midfielder made 4 worldwide appearances for Paraguay, every full FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Ojeda has additionally made 16 appearances for La Albirroja youth worldwide sides at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 (Olympic) ranges.

As an 18-year-old, Ojeda made his skilled debut with Paraguay’s oldest and most historically-dominant membership, Olimpia, whom he represented as a youth. Between December 2018 and August 2021, Ojeda made 40 appearances with Olimpia, whereas additionally spending time on mortgage in Argentina with first-division facet Defensa y Justicia, showing in 12 matches.

“Bryan is a dynamic, two-way midfielder who will convey an alternative choice to our already proficient group in the middle of the pitch,” mentioned RSL General Manager Elliot Fall. “He is a participant hungry to compete and develop, whereas additionally bringing priceless worldwide expertise from his time with Nottingham Forest and Paraguay. We look ahead to getting him on the floor in Salt Lake and competing for minutes quickly.”

Ojeda turns into the youngest worldwide on Real Salt Lake’s roster, the Paraguayan one yr youthful than Argentine MF Pablo Ruiz. Ojeda arrives as the Claret-and-Cobalt’s second-ever Paraguayan worldwide, becoming a member of 2016 FW Pedro Báez. In MLS, Ojeda turns into the ninth Paraguayan, all however one enjoying for Western Conference sides. During the League’s 26-year historical past, Ojeda will grow to be the twentieth Paraguayan to seem as soon as he logs his first MLS minute.

Major League Soccer’s U-22 initiative is designed to permit MLS golf equipment to add gamers age 22 and youthful to rosters, usually with profitable contracts at a lowered price range cost, reducing the danger related to buying or retaining gamers nonetheless approaching their prime.

Pronunciation: BRY-an oh-HEY-duh

Hometown: Itauguá, Paraguay

Date of Birth: 27 June 2000 (22)

How Acquired: Signed by way of MLS U-22 initiative on mortgage from Nottingham Forest FC (England)

TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake add MF Brian Ojeda from Nottingham Forest FC (England) on Thursday, August 4, 2022

As of August 4, 2022, Real Salt Lake’s present roster throughout the ongoing MLS marketing campaign, listed alphabetically by place, is as follows:

Goalkeepers (4): Gavin Beavers, Jeff Dewsnup, Tomas Gomez, Zac MacMath

Defenders (10): Andrew Brody, Zack Farnsworth, Justin Glad, Bret Halsey, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Johan Kappelhof, Jaziel Orozco, Marcelo Silva, Tate Schmitt

Midfielders (11): Julio Benitez, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell, Maikel Chang, Bode Hidalgo, Damir Kreilach, Jasper Löffelsend, Diego Luna, Brian Ojeda, Pablo Ruiz, Jude Wellings

Forwards (9): Sergio Cordova, Chris Garcia, Anderson Julio, Axel Kei, Justin Meram, Danny Musovski, Rubio Rubin, Jefferson Savarino, Bobby Wood

With 34 factors collected by way of 23 video games of the 2022 MLS marketing campaign, Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 pts, fifth West) is a part of an eight-team glut from third to tenth place separated by simply 5 factors in the race for the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs (seven groups) and a house postseason match (4 groups). Under Pablo Mastroeni, the Club’s sixth head coach in 18 seasons, RSL

For the first time in Club historical past, RSL has opened the yr with 12 consecutive sellouts at Rio Tinto Stadium – the 7-1-3 (WLT) dwelling file amongst the greatest in MLS this season – whereas Mastroeni and employees have utilized 28 gamers and 24 starters all through an injury-filled first half of the yr, as the Club has seen almost 160 mixed video games of participant availability misplaced due to harm, suspension or worldwide responsibility.

Real Salt Lake completed final season in dramatic trend, reserving its place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs on Decision Day earlier than making a run to the Western Conference Final following a 14-14-6 regular-season file. Saturday’s match at Rio Tinto Stadium towards star-studded LAFC that includes Carlos Vela (Mexico), Gareth Bale (Wales) and Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) is predicted to threaten the venue’s all-time attendance mark, set again in September, 2018, towards Zlatan and the LA Galaxy.

During the first week of January 2022, the RSL compendium of properties was acquired by international sports activities entrepreneur David Blitzer – who boasts pursuits in the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the New Jersey Devils (NHL), the Cleveland Guardians (baseball) and 6 European soccer entities, together with Crystal Palace (England), FC Augsburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), ADO Den Haag (Netherlands), Alcorcon (Spain) and SK Beveren (Belgium). The Blitzer group companions with Utah-based Smith Entertainment Group (SEG), which owns the Utah Jazz (NBA), led by Ryan Smith and together with Dwayne Wade, amongst others.

Real Salt Lake kicked off its 18th Major League Soccer season this February, its first full season below Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni, who led the Utah facet for the closing 100 days final yr, advancing RSL to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the eleventh time in the final 14 years.

The membership’s MLS Cup 2009 victory marked the state of Utah’s solely main skilled championship in almost 40 years, the title previous an historic run to the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League Final. Buoyed by a passionate base boasting a number of thousand season ticket holders, RSL has loved a distinguished home-field benefit – posting a dominant 153-45-48 (Win-Loss-Draw) file throughout all competitions at dwelling (2.06 factors per recreation for a 0.722 win pct.) – since constructing its everlasting Rio Tinto Stadium dwelling in Sandy 13 years in the past.

In 2015, the membership expanded its growth pyramid with the addition of Real Monarchs SLC, considered one of a number of MLS-operated golf equipment enjoying in the USL Championship, the United States’ Division II setup. The Monarchs boast a pair of titles in its transient historical past, as the 2017 USL regular-season champions, later successful the USL Final in 2019. For the 2022 season and past, Real Monarchs will compete in the newly launched “MLS NEXT Pro” as a part of a joint United States and Canada endeavor to full the skilled participant pathway by connecting youth academies in MLS NEXT to first groups in Major League Soccer.

The whole RSL pyramid, which incorporates the RSL Academy’s U-15 and U-17 groups, calls the expansive Zions Bank Training Center in Herriman, Utah their each day coaching dwelling. With 5 world-class grass fields, two indoor turf fields, a residential dormitory, the STEM-based RSL Academy High School and the 5,000-seat Zions Bank Stadium situated on a 42-acre campus, Utah’s sporting future is vivid.

The RSL Community Foundation was established in 2016, created with the objectives of being lively in the group year-round, using the recognition and attain of RSL and the Monarchs in selling well being and wellness in youngsters all through the area, participating supporters of soccer to increase funds and volunteer time for varied native initiatives.

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