RSL Inks First Home Grown Player

RSL Inks First Home Grown Player

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 15, 2011
  • Home Grown Players


RSL's first Home Grown player Donny Toia. (Photo via RSL)

I mentioned earlier in my Western Conference preview how I loved the way Real Salt Lake handles their business. Today, they took one step further in that as they signed their first Home Grown player, 18-year old Donny Toia.

The left-footed midfielder will have to battle his way into the first team discussion considering how deep RSL is here, but given the return of the Reserve League he will have no problem finding playing time.

“I think it’s critical that we not put big expectations on players that are this young,” said general manager Garth Lagerwey. “These are players that are multiple years away from contributing to our team.”

“He’s so young – as Luis [Gil] was when he started – we’ve got to see how he fits in with the group, and see where he projects over time.”

Toia was a member of RSL’s academy in Arizona for two years before heading off to Pima College in Tuscon. Last fall he racked up 14 goals and six assists in 18 games.

RSL becomes the 14th club to sign a HGP. Now only Seattle, Portland, San Jose and Columbus are left without one on their rosters.