Virginia freshman signs Homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake
Virginia freshman Jordan Allen’s short but spectacular stint in Charlottesville has come to a close. The 18-year-old Rochester native signed a Homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Allen played at Real Salt Lake’s Arizona Academy between August 2011 and December 2012 and was a member of the U.S. Under-18 team that traveled to Northern Ireland for the Milk Cup in July.
He was named the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year while with RSL and played with current first-teamers Carlos Salcedo, Lalo Fernandez and Benji Lopez. Allen is the sixth Homegrown player signing for RSL and the first to leave college after a freshman year since Danny Garcia signed a Homegrown deal with FC Dallas in June before returning for his sophomore season at North Carolina.
Allen had a standout year in Charlottesville, playing in the attacking midfielder role for a Hoos team that advanced to the College Cup. His overhead goal was the difference in a quarterfinal win over UConn that sent Virginia through to the final weekend of the season for the 11th time. He scored three goals and dished out five assists for the Cavaliers, starting all 24 games for the semifinalists.