REAL SALT LAKE

Former RSL Academy Duo Shines In Debut For USMNT During International Friendly

Nov 16, 2020, 3:11 PM
Sebastian Soto in 2018 as a member of the RSL Academy. Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake...
Sebastian Soto in 2018 as a member of the RSL Academy. Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Richard Ledezma assisted Sebastian Soto twice as the former Real Salt Lake Academy duo excelled during the USA’s 6-2 victory over Panama in what was an international friendly.

Both players began on the bench for a second consecutive game, however, unlike the last match against Wales, both Ledezma and Soto heard their number called for the first time in their careers on the international level.

Previously, both players had only played for the US U-23 team. Never had they played for the first team.

Two Crosses, Two Goals

Ledezma was the first player to see the pitch as he entered the fixture in the 68th minute for Giovanni Reyna. Soto joined his Academy teammate some nine minutes later in the 77th minute when he came on for Nicholas Gioacchini.

It did not take long for the two to regain the chemistry that they created at the RSL Academy. So much so that in the 13 minutes that Soto played, he scored two goals. Both of the goals Soto scored came off his head, however, the delivery onto Soto’s head came from the right boot of Ledezma.

Christian Pulisic in 2016 was the last player to come off the bench for the USMNT and score a brace.

Ledezma and Soto now both play in Europe for PSV Eindhoven and SC Telstar respectively, however, they both also attended the RSL Academy prior to taking their talents to Europe.

  • Real Salt Lake Scoreboard

  • Real Salt Lake Team Leaders

  • Real Salt Lake Standings

Real Salt Lake

Jefferson-Savarino-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Front Office Still With Plenty Of Work Remaining

What should Real Salt Lake fans expect in year two of the David Blitzer and Ryan Smith reign? And where does the club need more depth?!
3 days ago
Javier-Morales-fights-for-ball-against-Monterrey-player-in-2011-champions-league-final...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Draws Concacaf Giants In Leagues Cup

Real Salt Lake has been placed in a Leagues Cup group alongside Liga MX giants Monterrey FC and MLS foe Seattle Sounders.
9 days ago
Diego-Luna-Real-Salt-Lake-During-Game...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake’s Diego Luna Called Into U.S. Under 20 Side

Real Salt Lake's Diego Luna has been called into the United States Under-20 training camp, the club announced. 
10 days ago
America-First-Field-Real-Salt-Lake...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs Gomez, Breaks Club Record Transfer Fee

Real Salt Lake has acquired winger Carlos Andrés Gómez from Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC, the club has confirmed. 
19 days ago
Pablo Mastroeni - Watches - against- san jose...
Tom Hackett

Real Salt Lake Signs Homegrown Pair To First Team Roster

Real Salt Lake has announced the Homegrown signings of defenders Luis Rivera and Delentz Pierre to the 2023 first-team roster. 
23 days ago
Sergio - Cordova - Celebrates - Goal - Versus - Vancouver...
Tom Hackett

Sergio Córdova Concludes Loan Spell At Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake striker Sergio Córdova has concluded his loan spell and has returned to Bundesliga side FC Augsburg. 
24 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Former RSL Academy Duo Shines In Debut For USMNT During International Friendly