SANDY — Real Salt Lake forward Devon Sandoval is on loan to Rayo OKC of the North American Soccer League for the remainder of the 2016 season, the team announced Wednesday.
“This is a good opportunity for me to get consistent playing time. I’m excited to play in Oklahoma City,” Sandoval said in a team press release. “I’m on good terms with the organization and Craig Waibel, Jeff Cassar and my teammates have all been very supportive. It’s a good opportunity and you never know what can happen.”
Sandoval has started two games for RSL in 2016 and has 10 appearances in MLS play, though he has not played in four of the past five games for Real. Sandoval started for RSL in a 2-0 loss to Dallas on June 25 in his last MLS action. He has logged 223 minutes of play this year.
Sandoval, a second-round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, has started 36 games for RSL and played in 72 overall. He had a career-best season in 2015, with four goals and two assists in 30 appearances, including 17 starts. The past two seasons, Sandoval has played in five matches for RSL's United Soccer League affiliate, the Real Monarchs, scoring one goal and tallying an assist.
Sandoval joins several former RSL players who are now with Rayo OKC including forward Robbie Findley, defender Rauwshan McKenzie, midfielder Pecka and midfielder Sebastian Velasquez. OKC defender Jarad van Schaik was also drafted by RSL in 2011.
"Adding Devon will improve our attack. As the season progresses we are constantly looking to improve our roster in order to put out the best product for our fans," Rayo OKC head coach Alen Marcina said in a team release. "Devon provides presence up front, makes intelligent runs, and he is hungry and ambitious. We are excited to welcome him to the Rayo Family."