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SANDY, Utah – Real Monarchs SLC announced on Thursday it had signed defender Taylor Peay ahead of Saturday opening game of the 2017 USL regular season. The Salt Lake City native becomes the sixth player added to Head Coach Mike Petke’s side in recent weeks, in advance of Saturday's trip to the Pacific Northwest for the USL season opener at Portland Timbers 2.
A graduate of Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Peay attended the University of Washington before being selected 26th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Portland Timbers. Peay appeared in seven MLS games with the Timbers, while appearing in another 23 USL contests for T2.
The 6-foot-3 center back has also previously competed for the USL’s Orange County SC during the 2014 season. Peay also brings experience from the Premier Development League, where he competed for the Ogden Outlaws, Sounders FC U23 and the North Sound SeaWolves.
During his four-year career at the University of Washington from 2010-13 (70 games / 56 starts), Peay scored his first collegiate goal for the Huskies in a 4-1 victory against the Portland Pilots, highlighting a year during which he was one of two freshmen to appear in all 17 matches for the Huskies.
In his sophomore year, Peay made 11 appearances and helped the Huskies record nine clean sheets. In 2012, he made 20 appearances and finished the year with one goal. In his final season with the Huskies, Peay was a preseason NSCAA First-Team All-America selection, making 22 appearances and scoring six goals (including a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara) while leading Washington to its first Pac-12 title since 2000, as well as its first trip to the Elite Eight.
"Peay's addition is the latest find as we balance the Monarchs' roster construction between professional experience and also the promise of potential," said Monarchs General Manager Elliot Fall. "We have talent which needs development as professionals and we still have experienced guys on the cusp of becoming MLS contributors."