Where are they now? Former UIC goalkeeper providing a glimpse of the future for Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Andrew Putna has made four starts this season while allowing just six goals in those apperances. (Photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake)

By Andrew Hattersley


Real Salt Lake still has Nick Rimando firmly entrenched as its starting goalkeeper. However, a new face has begun to emerge in net for RSL with the longtime goalkeeper set to retire at the end of this season.

Former University of Illinois-Chicago goalkeeper Andrew Putna is a young goalkeeper that has made his way through the RSL’s system after being selected with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 SuperDraft. Putna has made four starts so far this season for RSL, allowing six goals in those four appearances.

The former UIC goalkeeper made his presence known earlier this month, saving a penalty kick from Kei Kamara midway through the second half helping RSL to hang on for a 3-2 victory over Colorado.

Less than 10 minutes later, Putna was called into action again and delivered this time tipping away a shot once again taken by Kamara to help preserve a 3-2 lead for RSL.

Putna joined RSL after being signed from the Real Monarchs on July 13, 2018, where he made six appearances in the last two seasons with the Monarchs, including registering two clean sheets for the club in 2017.

The former two-time Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year captained his team during his final two seasons with the Flames. Overall, he made 74 appearances in four seasons with UIC, going 41-24-8 with 30 shutouts and a 1.05 goals against average.

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