Real Salt Lake’s David Ochoa makes Homegrown Team for MLS All-Star Week

(Photo courtesy of Real Monarchs SLC) David Ochoa of the Real Monarchs distributes a goal kick. He is under contract with Real Salt Lake and on loan with the Monarchs, where he has two shutouts in three games.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa will compete in the Homegrown Game of Major League Soccer’s All-Star Week.

Ochoa joins 21 other homegrown players from around the league chosen for the Homegrown Team, which will face Chivas de Guadalajara’s Under-20 team on July 30. The RSL keeper is one of five players on the homegrown roster featured from the United States squad that competed in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“It’s a bit surprising, but I’m really happy and excited to be a part of a special group of the best Homegrowns in the league,” Ochoa said in a statement. “It’s a great platform and it’s great to see that I’m on the same path as the other RSL players that have had the opportunity to play in the Homegrown Game.”

Ochoa signed a homegrown contract with RSL last November and has spent most of his time with the Real Monarchs, RSL’s affiliate in the United Soccer League. He also previously played with the RSL Academy.

“This is a great opportunity for David,” RSL coach Mike Petke said in a statement. “He continues to show progress and it’s great that the league is recognizing him for his work. After already playing in the U20 World Cup this is a good chance for him to gain experience and showcase himself.”

Ochoa has played nine games with the Monarchs, where he has three clean sheets.