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Real Salt Lake boosts defensive depth with signing of Shawn Barry

SANDY — Real Salt Lake added depth to its backline Wednesday with the signing of defender Shawn Barry, an American-born player who can play multiple positions along the backline.

The 27-year-old was born in Miramar, Florida, and played two seasons of college soccer at the University of Virginia, but he’s spent his entire professional career in Europe playing for clubs in Austria, Germany and Poland.

“He’s got some great professional experience and can play multiple positions along the back line. He’s a guy that can challenge guys on the roster on a weekly basis for playing time,” said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a released statement. “He’s a strong, athletic guy who can pass well out of the back. His mid-range passing is phenomenal. He trends more to the way the staff wants to play.”

Barry spent five seasons with LASK Linz in Austria from 2010 to 2015, making 86 appearances. In 2015 he moved to FSV Frankfurt in the German second division, scoring two goals and making 56 appearances.

Last summer he moved to Korona Kielce in Poland.

Along with Barry, RSL’s collection of defenders this year includes Danilo Acosta, Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Adam Henley, Aaron Herrera, David Horst, Taylor Peay, Demar Phillips and Marcelo Silva. Henley, Herrera and Peay are also new additions this season.

Real Salt Lake expects Barry to be with the team for the opening of preseason training on Jan. 22 at the Zions Bank Real Academy in Herriman.