OWTY has confirmed with a source close to the situation that former Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Josh Doughty is in Manchester, England on the verge of signing a professional contract with Manchester United.
Doughty will arrive in Manchester on Tuesday morning to complete a club medical and sign.
The ’97 midfielder thrives in the center of the pitch, but can also play out-wide. Doughty was instrumental to the successes RSL’s U16 side has enjoyed over the last two seasons.
Doughty has paired with fellow ’97s Bofo Saucedo, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Christian Herrera, Tate Schmitt and Evan Waldrep to form one of the top young core’s in USSDA. Doughty started in 25 matches for RSL, scoring 10 goals. Doughty is listed on the 2014-15 RSL U18 roster but has not appeared in a match yet.
The former Real Salt Lake man represented Canada in October in a U18 competition. His Canadian U18 side faced Ukraine and Uruguay in the week long camp.
Doughty is currently seen as a key member of the Canada’s youth pool, yet the talented attacker has multiple options when it comes to his international future. “I have been invited to some US youth camps, but I am not yet a US citizen. I should be getting my US citizenship soon.”
Doughty continued over email, “I can play for Canada, England and hopefully will be eligible for the USA soon.” Having said that Josh has not yet chosen which country he will represent. “I am still undecided on which team I will play for at the moment.”
Doughty is the son of British parents, born in Canada, raised in Arizona following the families move into the US at the age of 4. “I am on schedule to receive my US citizenship in a few months, I am hopeful to have it before I turn 18 in April.”
For now Doughty is focused on his budding career in England with one of more famous academies in the world. “I will be playing mainly with the United Under 21’s, however I might play with the Under 18’s to get back up to speed.”