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SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC announced on Friday it had re-signed midfielder James Moberg, pending USL and federation approval. The deal brings Moberg back for the 2017 season after he joined the USL club in April for his first season in Utah.
“James is versatile and can bring a lot to our team as a midfielder or center back,” said Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel, who coached Moberg while an assistant coach at the University of Washington.
Moberg, 22, played eight matches for the Monarchs in 2016, totaling 174 minutes. In his lone start, he played 90 minutes as the Monarchs shut out Swope Park Rangers for a 1-0 home win. The 6-foot-2 midfielder was selected in the third round, 50th overall, by Vancouver in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in January. Prior to that, he appeared in 69 matches for the University of Washington, totaling 10 goals and 21 assists in four years.
With Moberg returning, the Monarchs roster now sits at 11 players, as he joins seven returning players and three new additions, announced in November. Goalkeeper Connor Sparrow; defenders Max Lachowecki and Emilio Orozco; midfielders Charlie Adams and Jesus Leal; and forwards Amet Ramirez and Andrew Brody all return while midfielder Chase Minter and forwards Chandler Hoffman and Daniel Haber were added as free agents.