Real Salt Lake has acquired Salt Lake City-native Justin Braun from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a conditional 2014 SuperDraft pick.
Currently in his fifth MLS season, Braun spent his first four years in the league with Chivas USA before being acquired by Montreal via trade in November 2011. He didn’t see much time under Impact head coach Jesse Marsch, playing in just 12 of Montreal’s 20 games and registering a lone assist.
A 6-foot-3 forward, Braun will provide depth at striker during the RSL’s impending CONCACAF Champions League run and MLS Cup playoff push.
RSL has 14 regular-season games remaining in its MLS campaign, along with four group-stage matches against CS Herediano (Costa Rica) and Tauro FC (Panama) in CCL play, which kicks off July 31.
Braun, whose family continues to live in the Salt Lake City area, was a prep star at Salt Lake City’s Skyline High School, earning first-team All-State honors and leading the state in scoring in both his junior and senior years.
After high school, Braun went on to play at Salt Lake Community College and for amateur teams in the Salt Lake area before being noticed by then-Chivas USA coach Preki in 2008.