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Report: Real Salt Lake To Sign Top USL Prospect Fidel Barajas

Jan 10, 2024, 3:50 PM

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(Photo courtesy: Laura Dearden of Real Salt Lake.)

(Photo courtesy: Laura Dearden of Real Salt Lake.)

SALT LAKE CITY – According to a report from MLS Insider Tom Bogert, Real Salt Lake finalized a deal to sign 17-year-old USL midfielder Fidel Barajas from the Charleston Battery.

The Sacramento, California native has shown a lot of promise in his young career. He played in the U-17 World Cup in 2023, posting one goal and one assist.

RSL reportedly paid a $250K transfer fee to bring Barajas to Utah.

In 2023, Barajas had an impressive season. Across 32 matches in the regular season and playoffs, Barajas posted five goals and 11 assists.

He was named the USL Championship Young Player of the Year award in addition to making the All-League Second Team.

Prior to his time with the Battery, Barajas played for the San Jose Earthquakes Academy and the Sacramento Republic FC Academy.

The report of Barajas’ signing broke just minutes after Real Salt Lake announced a trade that sent midfielder Jasper Löffelsend to Colorado.

RELATED: Real Salt Lake Trades Midfielder Jasper Löffelsend To Rival Colorado Rapids

Barajas will join rising star Diego Luna and others in a deep RSL midfield.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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