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Real Monarchs Add New Zealand Centre Back To 2021 Roster

Jan 8, 2021, 3:41 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Real Monarchs has signed New Zealand center-back Kyle Adams ahead of the 2021 season.

Adams, 24, joins the Monarchs following a three-year stint with the Houston Dynamo’s USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC. A team that he has spent his entire professional soccer career, in three seasons he has appeared in 61 matches.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kyle Adams to the Monarchs and Real Salt Lake organizational player pool,” Real Salt Lake Assistant General Manager Tony Beltran said. “Kyle is a well-rounded left-footed center back, who we feel will not only complement the direction of our Monarchs roster but who will also, under the tutelage of our coaching staff, have the potential to make the jump to the first team.”

Prior to Rio Grande Valley FC, Adams studied and played at San Diego University where led the Aztecs to many wins between 2015-17.

The defender grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and has appeared with both the New Zealand U-17 and U-20 sides. Adams joins Max Mata as the second signing from New Zealand.

While Adams is from New Zealand he possesses a Green Card and is a naturalized citizen, therefore, he will not occupy an international spot.

Real Monarchs current roster as of 1/8/20:

Goalkeepers: Jimmy Slayton

Defenders: Kyle Adams, James Moberg, Kevin Saucedo

Midfielders: Sam Brown, Josimar Quintero

Forwards: Max Mata

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