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MLS NEXT Jan 14, 2022

Real Salt Lake signs five teenage Academy products to Homegrown Contracts

Real Salt Lake has announced the signing of five teenage Academy products to Homegrown Contracts: 15-year-old midfielder Jude Wellings, 16-year-old midfielder Julio Benitez, 16-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Beavers, 17-year-old defender Jaziel Orozco and 14-year-old forward Axel Kei.

Each of the Homegrown signings were announced over the course of this week. Follow the links below to view the full individual announcements on each player:

TRANSACTION 1: Real Salt Lake have signed midfielder Jude Wellings as a Homegrown Player on January 10, 2022.

Jude Wellings
Pronunciation: Jude Wellings
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: April 26, 2006
Age: 15
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: RSL Academy
How Acquired: Signed on January 10, 2021

TRANSACTION 2: Real Salt Lake sign Julio Benitez as a Homegrown Player on January 11, 2022.

Julio Benitez
Pronunciation: BEEN-E-tez
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 139 pounds
Date of Birth: July 30, 2005
Age: 16
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: Real Monarchs
How Acquired: Signed on January 11, 2021

TRANSACTION 3: Real Salt Lake sign goalkeeper Gavin Beavers on January 12, 2022.

Gavin Beavers
Pronunciation: Gav-IN
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 183 pounds
Date of Birth: April 29, 2005
Age: 16
Hometown: Henderson, Nevada
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: Real Monarchs
How Acquired: Signed on January 12, 2021

TRANSACTION 4: Real Salt Lake have signed defender Jaziel Orozco as a Homegrown Player on January 13, 2022.

Jaziel Orozco
Pronunciation: HA-see-el OR-AHH-sco
Position: Defender
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 183 pounds
Date of Birth: June 2, 2004
Age: 17
Birthplace: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Citizenship: United States and Mexico
Last Club: Real Monarchs
How Acquired: Signed on January 13, 2021

TRANSACTION 5: Real Salt Lake Axel Kei to a Homegrown Player contract.

Axel Kei
Pronunciation: Axle KAY
Position: Forward
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 183 pounds
Date of Birth: December 30, 2007
Age: 14
Birthplace: Ivory Coast
Hometown: San Diego, California
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: RSL Academy
How Acquired: Signed on January 14, 2021

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