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Real Monarchs sign former long-time RSL defender Chris Schuler

SANDY — Former Real Salt Lake central back Chris Schuler has signed with RSL's minor-league team Real Monarchs SLC, the team announced Friday.

Schuler, who has played his entire six-year professional soccer career with RSL, had been out of contract after suffering a foot injury in 2015.

"This is a good transition point. I still have something to prove and I'm thankful for the Monarchs to give me this opportunity," Schuler said in a news release. "It's great to have Craig Waibel, Jeff Cassar and Freddy Juarez supporting me and being in my corner. It definitely helps to be around familiar faces because my teammates have shown me a lot of support along the way."

When healthy, the 28-year-old was a starter for the Claret and Cobalt, and was a big part of RSL's 2013 playoff run.

"Chris is an experienced national team-level center back that we're excited to help, excited to see if we can get him healthy and get him playing back to where he was at his best and maybe even add to him," Real Monarchs head coach Freddy Juarez said.

The Monarchs, who play in the third-tier USL, signed three RSL draft picks (defender Max Lachowecki, midfielder Amass Amankona and goalkeeper Connor Sparrow) on Thursday.

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