USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 4, 2016
SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC goalkeeper Christian Herrera has been sent on loan to Liga MX club Pachuca for the 2016 Clausura and Apertura, the club announced on Thursday. Pachuca holds an option to purchase Herrera’s right following the conclusion of the season.
“This opportunity came up and after discussing it with Christian and the Monarchs coaching staff we agreed that it would be a good fit for the player and the club,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel said. “Christian will have the chance now to get some playing time that frankly wouldn’t come because of the depth we have at the goalkeeper position and Pachuca is a great club at developing young talent, so it’s a great opportunity for him.”
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The 18-year-old Herrera is a graduate of the Real Salt Lake-AZ Academy, and signed with the Monarchs last season after spending the previous three years in the club’s academy system. During that span he went to three finals, appearing twice in the USSDA National Championship and once in the Generation adidas Cup. Herrera has also competed for the United States and Mexico U18 National Teams, and spent the past two weeks in training with Mexico’s U20 National Team.
Herrera had yet to see action for the Monarchs in the USL, with RSL Homegrown goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez claiming the majority of the team’s starts in its inaugural season. Eric Osswald and Victor Rodriguez also saw action for the Monarchs in 2015.“For the whole club it’s good. He’s had a lot of good goalkeeping coaches along the way and everybody’s always liked him,” Monarchs Head Coach Freddy Juarez said. “He has a high ceiling, but right now the best thing for him is to get games. The training is good here, but he has so much potential that he has to continue to develop that potential by playing games. He’s going to continue to grow and get good training with Pachuca and we’re going to keep watching him and hopefully he continues to develop and in the future he can be a first-team player for Real Salt Lake.”