David Ochoa to return to Real Salt Lake next season
The Major League Soccer club announced several roster moves and 20 players, including the Mexican goalkeeper, will return for the 2022 season.
David Ochoa was labelled as the villain during the 2021 MLS Cup playoffs and helped Real Salt Lake make an impressive run to win the title. Over the weekend they lost to Portland Timbers 2-0 in the Western Conference final and they saw their season come to an end.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper, who was born in the United States but chose to represent the Mexico national team, was criticized because he said during an Instagram live that he should’ve won the 2021 MLS Young Player Award. He was also reportedly talking 'smack' to fans after RSL eliminated the Sounders with zero shots on goal during the entire 90 minutes.
Ochoa to return to RSL next campaign
This week Real Salt Lake announced some roster moves ahead of the start of the 2022 MLS regular season and 20 players will return, including the 20-year-old homegrown. The club had exercised the option to retain Ochoa and four other players, Andrew Brody, Maikel Chang, Marcelo Silva and Erik Holt.
The 20 players set to return next year
Goalkeepers: Jeff Dewsnup, Zac MacMath, David Ochoa
Defenders: Andrew Brody, Toni Datkovic, Zack Farnsworth, Justen Glad, Bret Halsey, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Marcelo Silva
Midfielders: Nick Besler, Maikel Chang, Damir Kreilach, Pablo Ruiz
Forwards: Bode Davis, Chris Garcia, Jonathan Menendez, Rubio Rubin, Bobby Wood