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Goalkeeper Gavin Beavers Signs with Real Salt Lake as Homegrown Player

January 12, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Real Salt Lake News Release


HERRIMAN, Utah - Real Salt Lake has added goalkeeper Gavin Beavers on Homegrown Player contract from Real Monarchs and the RSL Academy, the Club announced today. Beavers joins RSL on a two-year contract.

"In Gavin's brief time at our club, he has established himself as an elite goalkeeping prospect. His shot-stopping ability and top-end athleticism are off-the-charts for a player at his age. In adding Gavin to our roster of young goalkeepers, we are very well-positioned at the position for years to come," Real Salt Lake General Manager Elliot Fall said.

On June 26, 2021 Beavers made his professional debut with Real Monarchs, at the time making history as the youngest goalkeeper to ever appear in a USL Championship match. In two appearances with Real Monarchs, Beavers made nine saves, helping the team earn a 1-1 draw against San Antonio FC and a 3-2 win over New Mexico United.

Beavers, 16, is the third goalkeeper to sign with Real Salt Lake who grew and developed as a goalkeeper under the tutelage of RSL Academy and Real Monarchs Goalkeeper Coach Mirza Harambasic. Beavers joins Homegrown goalkeepers David Ochoa - who made 83 saves in 25 appearances with Real Salt Lake in 2021 - and Jeff Dewsnup, who made 70 saves in 19 matches for Real Monarchs.

"I'm very grateful and appreciative for this opportunity with RSL," Beavers said. "Excited to get into preseason, to work hard, continue to learn and improve my game everyday, just do everything I can to help my team and teammates be successful."

Beavers is the third Homegrown player announced by the Club this week to reach the pinnacle of the Club's development pipeline, moving from RSL Academy to Real Monarchs and eventually Real Salt Lake, joining Jude Wellings and Julio Benitez. He is also the 12th rostered Homegrown Player for Real Salt Lake, joining Julio Benitez, Andrew Brody, Bode Davis, Jeff Dewsnup, Zackery Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Chris Garcia, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, David Ochoa and Jude Wellings.

As of January 12, Real Salt Lake's current roster headed into 2022 listed alphabetically by position is as follows:

Goalkeepers (4): Gavin Beavers, Jeff Dewsnup, Zac MacMath, David Ochoa

Defenders (8): Andrew Brody, Toni Datkovic, Zack Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Bret Halsey, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Marcelo Silva

Midfielders (7): Julio Benitez, Nick Besler, Scott Caldwell, Maikel Chang, Damir Kreilach, Pablo Ruiz, Jude Wellings

Forwards (6): Bode Davis, Chris Garcia, Jonathan Menendez, Justin Meram, Rubio Rubin, Bobby Wood

Player Information

Name: Gavin Beavers

Pronunciation: Gav-IN

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 183 pounds

Date of Birth: April 29, 2005

Age: 16

Hometown: Henderson, Nevada

Citizenship: United States

Last Club: Real Monarchs

How Acquired: Signed on January 12, 2021

Tickets for Real Salt Lake's home opener, as well as season tickets, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 844.Real.Tix or visiting www.RSL.com/tickets.

Real Salt Lake is set to begin the 2022 regular season at Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday, February 27 before returning to Rio Tinto Stadium for the team's Home Opener on Saturday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. MT against Seattle Sounders FC.

Real Salt Lake finished the 2021 season in dramatic fashion, booking its place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs on Decision Day before making a run to the Western Conference Final following a 14-14-6 regular season record. RSL will open the 2022 season on the road against Houston Dynamo FC on February 27 before returning to Rio Tinto Stadium for the home opener against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 7.

TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake sign goalkeeper Gavin Beavers on January 12, 2022.


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