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Real Salt Lake picks homegrown player in re-entry draft

Real Salt Lake forward Brooks Lennon (27) and Orlando City defender Donny Toia (25) go for the ball during an MLS soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Friday, June 30, 2017. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Real Salt Lake selected Donny Toia in the MLS re-entry draft Friday.

Toia, a left back who was signed in 2011 by RSL on its first-ever homegrown contact, spent last season with Orlando City. He played four games and started three.

“Donny is a player we have been following throughout his career and it’s great to bring back a product of our academy who has been able to gain valuable experience around the league,” general manager Craig Waibel said in a news release. “He is an experienced player who brings a good locker room presence and will add depth to our back line.”

Toia has played 109 games in MLS, starting 100.

“Donny Toia is a young player, but he’s also experienced,” head coach Mike Petke said in the release. “He has been in the league for a while and can contribute to our club and still has the potential for growth.”

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