RSL coaches really liked what they saw out of Sandoval when he trained with the Claret-and-Cobalt for a week last summer, going as far as to trade up two spots in January’s MLS SuperDraft to nab the University of New Mexico product with the team’s second round pick (29th overall). Sandoval has repaid the club’s faith this preseason, playing well enough to earn himself a full contract with the team.
The Albuquerque native brings a different element to Real Salt Lake’s five-man forward corps, playing the pure hold-up role that was missing at times in years past. Expect him to get some MLS time during his rookie season when Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis wants to run a true bruiser at opposing defenses.
RSL: Selected by Real Salt Lake in the second round (29th overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 17, 2013 … Signed by Real Salt Lake on Feb.19, 2013
2009-12: Played three years at the University of New Mexico, transferring to the Albuquerque school after spending his freshman year at San Diego State University ... Starred for the Lobos, finishing his career with 28 goals and 17 assists ... Had 15 goals and 7 assists in his senior season iin 2012, finishing the year with a Second Team All-American honor and in the top-10 in goals scored nationwide ... Was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2012 ... Was NSCAA First Team Far West All-Region and First Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in both 2011 and 2012
Was a three time All-State selectionat Eldorado High School, where he was the 2008 and 2009 Male Athlete of the Year ... Helped Eldorado win two state championships in his time there ... Played club soccer for Classic FC Redstar ... Won five State Championships with Redstar