Kyle Coffee at Washington 01

Washington forward Kyle Coffee (10) handles the ball in a game during the 2018 season. Coffee, a Syracuse native, was drafted by Real Salt Lake in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, Jan. 11.

Kyle Coffee is coming back to Utah.

The Syracuse High alumnus and University of Washington soccer standout was picked by Real Salt Lake in Friday’s MLS Superdraft with the 41st overall selection.

“It’s an incredible feeling getting to be here with my family then getting the call to play for my hometown team,” Coffee said in a press release issued by the team. “I’ve been to so many RSL matches in my life being from Utah. To be able to go to games as a kid and become a fan, to now being a part of it is surreal. I just can’t wait to get started.”

Coffee, a forward, scored 15 goals with nine assists in 74 appearances with Washington, earning First Team All-Pac-12 Honors his senior year. Coffee graduated from Syracuse in 2014 and was the first-ever Division I soccer player in the school’s history.

RSL also drafted Sam Brown from Harvard University with the 17th overall pick. Brown started 61 of 62 games for the Crimson with 12 assists and three goals.

“The big thing for us right now is our culture,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said in the release. “These young players need to be committed to their development and we want to be committed to them. Our roster is in a good spot right now. The balance of the roster is very good right now and we’re fortunate and happy to add players like Sam and Kyle to the mix.”

Real Salt Lake’s scheduled season opener is March 2 at Houston Dynamo. Its scheduled home opener is March 9 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @patrickcarr_ and on Facebook at facebook.com/patrickcarr17/.

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