Real Salt Lake Signs Colombian Defender Brayan Vera From América de Calí

Feb 13, 2023, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:01 pm

SALT LAKE CITYReal Salt Lake announced that the club has signed Colombian defender Brayan Vera from América de Calí of Colombian Primera.

RSL officially announced the addition of Vera, 24, on Monday, February 13.

The newest member to wear the Claret and Cobalt will arrive in Utah on a permanent transfer. Vera’s deal is for three seasons with options in 2026 and 2027.

“Brayan is yet another piece that provides depth and competition on our back line, as he is equally adept both on the left side as well as centrally,” Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall said in a statement. “We believe that Brayan’s path from Colombia to Italy and back to South America during his formative professional years have prepared him to be a key piece for our 2023 roster and beyond.”

Vera has signed with the club but is currently awaiting visa and International Transfer Certificate paperwork before joining the roster in Utah.

“People I trust believe that Major League Soccer’s quality will test my skills and advance my playing career,” Vera said after officially joining Real Salt Lake. “I’ve seen the growth of football in North America and I see the fan culture, the work ethic, the family atmosphere in and around Real Salt Lake. I cannot wait for the opportunity to help lead this club to hardware across the various cups and competitions we face in 2023 and the following years.”

The San Luis, Colombia native has played for four clubs during his senior career, Leones, Lecce, Cosenza, and América de Cali.

After joining the Colombian Primera A club in March 2022, Vera made 28 appearances for América de Cal.

Since May 2022, Real Salt Lake has added 14 new players to its roster, including Vera. The current MLS primary transfer window ends in April.

Real Salt Lake kicks off its 2023 campaign on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on February 25.

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