Real Salt Lake loans defender Bret Halsey to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

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August 9, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Real Salt Lake Press Release

HERRIMAN, Utah — Real Salt Lake announced today that it has agreed to loan defenseman Bret Halsey to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the USL Championship for the remainder of the season. RSL reserves the right to terminate the loan if necessary.


Halsey, 22, is in his second season with Real Salt Lake, having joined the club in 2021 as the 7th overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and a member of the University of Virginia’s Adidas generation. Halsey has spent the majority of his time playing for the Real Monarchs, registering three MLS NEXT Pro appearances this year, while playing 19 games in 2021 when the club was still part of the USL Championship.

TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake defender Bret Halsey on loan to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday August 5, 2022.

As of July 11, 2022, Real Salt Lake’s current roster during the current MLS campaign, listed alphabetically by position, is as follows:

Goalkeepers (4): Gavin Beavers, Jeff Dewsnup, Zac MacMath, Tomás Gómez

Defenders (10): Andrew Brody, Zack Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Johan Kappelhof, Jaziel Orozco, Bryan Oviedo, Marcelo Silva, Tate Schmitt

Midfielders (11): Julio Benitez, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell, Maikel Chang, Bode Hidalgo, Damir Kreilach, Jasper Löffelsend, Diego Luna, Braian 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 points accumulated in 23 games of the 2022 MLS campaign, Real Salt Lake (9-7-7, 34 pts, 5th West) is part of a glut of eight teams from 3rd to 10th place separated by only five points in the race. for the 2022 MLS Cup playoffs (seven teams) and a post-season home game (top four teams). Under Pablo Mastroeni, the club’s sixth head coach in 18 seasons.

For the first time in the club’s history, RSL opened the year with 12 consecutive sellouts at the Rio Tinto Stadium – the home record of 7-1-3 (WLT) is among the best in MLS this season – while that Mastroeni and staff used 28 players. and 24 starters throughout an injury-filled first half, with the club having seen nearly 160 combined games of player availability lost to injury, suspension or international duty.

Real Salt Lake finished last season in spectacular fashion, booking their spot in the 2021 MLS Audi Cup Qualifiers on Decision Day before advancing to the Western Conference Finals after a 14-14-6 record in the regular season. Saturday’s game at the Rio Tinto Stadium against the star-studded LAFC featuring Carlos Vela (Mexico), Gareth Bale (Wales) and Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) is set to threaten the venue’s all-time attendance mark, which has fallen in September 2018, against Zlatan and the LA Galaxy.

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