Real Salt Lake are expected to officially acquire US Under-20 attacker Brooks Lennon on a year-long loan from Liverpool in the coming days, according to a source close to the situation. The source said that the deal is in place, but the two sides are finalizing paperwork before formally announcing the transaction.
RSL’s interest in acquiring Lennon was first reported in January by The Salt Lake Tribune.
Lennon’s contract with Liverpool runs through the 2017-18 English Premier League season, meaning he’ll have roughly six months left on his deal when his loan to RSL expires following the 2017 MLS season.
Prior to moving to Liverpool in the summer of 2015, the 19-year-old Lennon played in Real Salt Lake’s Arizona academy, shining in US Soccer Developmental Academy action and establishing himself as a regular US youth international.
He’s spent time with the RSL first-team this preseason, receiving permission from Liverpool to train with the club in between stints with the US Under-20 national team. Lennon is one of 24 players currently with the US U-20s at their training camp in Orlando. At the conclusion of the camp on Feb. 10, a final roster of 20 players will be named to travel to Costa Rica for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which serves as the region’s qualifying tournament for this summer’s U-20 World Cup. The tournament will run from Feb. 17-March 5.
Capable of playing as a second forward or on the wing, Lennon moved from the Liverpool U-18s to the club’s U-23 side this season, recording two goals in 12 appearances for the reserve unit. He trained with Liverpool on and off starting in 2013 while he was still in the RSL academy. Expect the Arizona native to provide depth in the RSL attack while making more regular appearances with the club’s USL side, Real Monarchs SLC.