Photo courtesy Alena Schuckmann / Louisville City FC
SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC announced on Thursday it had signed former USL All-League forward Chandler Hoffman for the upcoming USL season, with Daniel Haber and Chase Minter also joining the club. The signings are pending league and federation approval.
Hoffman, who has scored 31 goals in three seasons in the USL, is coming off a year that saw him score 14 goals for Louisville City FC. An All-League selection with the LA Galaxy II in 2014, Hoffman also spent time on loan with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in 2015 before helping lead Louisville to the Eastern Conference Final of the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs.
“As we evaluated our club in 2016, we had a need for a top-flight goal-scorer and to add players with professional experience to our roster,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel said. “Chandler Hoffman has been a consistent scorer in this league that we feel can raise our level of play. Daniel Haber has played here and overseas and comes with a lot of potential to make an impact on the wings and Chase Minter is a guy that can increase the level of competition for starting midfield spots.”
Haber had a strong 2016 season for Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 as he helped the side reach the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time. The 24-year-old Canadian recorded seven goals and added four assists as the side reached the Western Conference Final in the postseason. Haber made his international debut with Canada in 2013 and has five caps to his credit.
Minter joins the Monarchs from Sacramento Republic FC, for whom he made six appearances in the past season. A former standout for the Ventura County Fusion in the PDL, the 24-year-old Minter also made three appearances on loan with Tulsa Roughnecks FC in the past season.