KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Real Salt Lake is known for their no-name team players, backed by a veteran defense and Maund is quietly fitting into the role since
The sale of Jamison Olave to the New York Red Bulls in the offseason left a giant hole in the defense, a problem complicated by the injuries of Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Chris Schuler.
Coach Jason Kreis has had to turn to Boston native Aaron Maund, only in his second season of MLS play, to keep zeroes on the board with a thriving RSL offense.
The defender is a dual citizen, and has represented both countries at the international level. His father is from Trinidad and Tobago and his mother is from the United States. In his youth days, he represented Trinidad and Tobago's U-17 team but filed his one-time switch to play for the United States at the 2009 U-20 World Cup thereby tying him permanently to the United States internationally.
Maund arrived in Salt Lake City via trade from Toronto FC earlier this year, after his rookie season in Toronto proved to be a success. The rookie out of Notre Dame, with a degree in Information Technologies, was taken 12th overall in the Superdraft in 2012.
"It's exciting to be a part of a culture like this," described Maund. "I loved living in Toronto, but Salt Lake is great."
The development to the style of Real Salt Lake has been quick. "I'm kind of used to learning on the fly," he stated. "Last year I was playing as a defensive midfielder for Toronto, which wasn't a position I had played before. I adapt pretty well, and I think I am a quick learner, and that has helped."
After a shaky start to the season against lower division Charleston, the defender showed an incredible performance against his old club, Toronto FC. "I can't really tell you what that was," Aaron explained. "People were saying it was worse than it was. I got away from that and I moved on to the next game which was against Toronto."
Maund's second start of the season came against his old club, and the defender made the most of it. "You want to play in a place that you played before, especially when you didn't get time on the field, so you get the chance to prove yourself and get a little more respect. You have to take advantage of that situation, and that's what I was trying to do".
The defender had a stellar performance, keeping a zero on the board with several key clearances.
Maund wasn't torn by the two clubs. "It was good to see friends there, but once that whistle blows, it's a war. You go back to being best friends after."
With Chris Schuler out for weeks, and Kwame Watson-Siriboe likely out for the remainder of the season, Maund will definitely get his chance to shine.