Three new faces from Real Salt Lake will appear at U.S. men’s national team camp in Carson, Calif., on Tuesday.
Justen Glad, Danilo Acosta and Brooks Lennon all have been called up to the senior team for the first time, RSL announced Monday. National team camp runs from Tuesday to Jan. 28 and includes a friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on its final day.
“Each one of them has proven that they deserve to be part of that group,” RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in a team release. “We take great pride in that as an organization. Our club believes in our youth, and we’re going to play a major role in this next crop of U.S. performers, I believe.”
He echoed a similar sentiment to that of RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen upon the opening of the new RSL Academy in Herriman in late August.
“We’re a storied academy already,” Hansen said in an address to the Zions Bank Real Academy students. “When I look out here, I see kids who will be playing in the 2026 World Cup. They’ll be playing in the 2028 Olympics.”
Glad, Acosta and Lennon, all RSL academy products, helped the U.S. U-20 team national team to its first CONCACAF title last year, before advancing to the quarterfinals in the U-20 World Cup. Glad, Acosta and Lennon each made 11-plus appearances and started the vast majority of them. Lennon led the U-20 national team in scoring last year, with six goals and four assists in 12 games.
The three also saw a healthy amount of playing time on the club side. Glad was a regular starter at center back and is expected to remain so in the 2018 season. Acosta, in his first MLS season, started 16 of his 17 appearances. Lennon made most of his 15 starts at the beginning of the season and became a regular substitute behind a strong pair of starting wingers in the second half.
January camp tends to be MLS-heavy while other leagues are in the middle of their regular seasons.