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Real Salt Lake signs a veteran free agent to compete for time at left back

(Nathan Denette | The Canadian Press via AP) New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) fails to stop Toronto FC defender Ashtone Morgan (5) from taking the ball away from Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Toronto. Morgan went on to score.

Real Salt Lake finally has some depth at its left back position.

The club announced Tuesday that it signed defender Ashtone Morgan, a nine-year veteran of Major League Soccer and a left back on the Canadian National Team. He will likely compete for time with Donny Toia, who was RSL’s starting left back for the majority of last season.

“Ashtone is a player who has tremendous MLS and Champions League experience at a very good organization in this league,” RSL General Manager Elliot Fall said in a statement. “He’s won a championship in this league and he’s been on our radar for a long time. We’re really excited to add him to our defensive group, which we feel is already excellent and will only get better with his addition.”

Morgan won an MLS Cup championship in 2017 with Toronto FC, where he has spent the entirety of his domestic career. He also helped Toronto win five Canadian championships.

Morgan also has 18 appearances with the Canadian National Team.

“Ashtone brings experience at left back and comes in to battle for a position so we can get the best out of that position,” coach Freddy Juarez said. “We think we have a very good left back in Donny, but bringing in Ashtone hopefully brings the best out of both of them. We expect him to come in and be a leader, incorporate himself into the group and add some quality to keep us going forward.”

Morgan will occupy an international roster spot.

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