Allison Niccum, For the Deseret News
Emery Welshman (11)

One of the biggest reasons Real Salt Lake founded the minor league team Real Monarchs SLC was to reap the benefits of developing young players.

After one season, the team has started to benefit from that system. RSL announced the signing of striker Emery Welshman on Friday. Welshman was one of the Monarchs best players in 2015, scoring six goals in 19 appearances.

The 24-year-old was drafted by Toronto FC in 2013, but appeared in just one game for the Reds. He played for tiny Canadian club Sigma FC for a year before joining the Monarchs.

The Guyanese international is RSL's sixth forward.

“Emery deserves a lot of credit as he did everything asked of him over the past year. He matured and accepted the challenges given to him by the staff and in the end persevered to end the season on a very strong run,” RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in a news release. “We are extremely happy for Emery to be the first player to take advantage of his opportunities and look forward to his contributions with the first team in 2016.”

RSL players reported to the team on Friday. They will leave for training camp in Oceanside, California, on Monday. Real's first game is on Feb. 24 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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