USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, March 19, 2016
SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC has announced the signing of veteran defender Chris Schuler ahead of the 2016 USL season.
Schuler, who made a pair of appearances for the Monarchs on loan from Real Salt Lake last season, had a difficult 2015 as he was hampered by a foot injury. The 28-year-old said he’s aiming to show he can return to his best.
“This is a good transition point. I still have something to prove and I'm thankful for the Monarchs to give me this opportunity,” Schuler said. “It's great to have Craig Waibel, Jeff Cassar and Freddy Juarez supporting me and being in my corner. It definitely helps to be around familiar faces because my teammates have shown me a lot of support along the way.”
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A former standout in the PDL for the Chicago Fire U23, Schuler made 80 appearances for Real Salt Lake after being selected in the third round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He made a career-high 25 appearances in 2014, only for injuries to slow him last year.
“Chris is an experienced national team level center back that we're excited to help, excited to see if we can get him healthy and get him playing back to where he was at his best and maybe even add to him," Real Monarchs Head Coach Freddy Juarez said. “He's been out of the game for a little bit, so a lot of times when that happens and you take a step back you get that energy again, you humble yourself a little bit, you're hungry.
“We're hoping a lot of things for him, helping him, getting him back, so eventually he gets back to the first team and contributes, but also the time that he's with us, he's a leader that can help the younger guys in their development. He's a big part and we're excited to have him at training every day.”
The Monarchs open the 2016 regular season on Saturday, March 26 as they host Saint Louis FC at Rio Tinto Stadium.