Collen Warner, 22, a midfielder who was Real Salt Lake’s number one choice in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, has been acquired on loan by AC St. Louis from the MLS club. He joins his fellow Real Salt Lake teammate Chris Schuler, the defender who is on the third game of a four game loan deal with AC St. Louis.
Warner has made ten appearances in 2010 for the reigning MLS champions, starting three times and has totaled over 300 minutes for RSL. The former University of Portland star is highly valued by Real Salt Lake, who traded veteran Clint Mathis to the LA Galaxy to move up a spot in the SuperDraft to nab Warner. Warner was the fifteenth player drafted. During his college career, the Denver native scored 20 goals for the Pilots. He also played for the Colorado Rapids U-23 and Portland Timbers U-23 PDL squads. Warner, 5’10″, made his professional debut on April 17 against the LA Galaxy.
Warner will add depth and quality to an AC St. Louis squad that has been plagued by injuries. He is considered an offensive, box to box midfielder. Although he has not yet scored a goal in his limited time in MLS, Warner scored four times in PDL play. He also had two goals in the University of Portland’s 2009 postseason run against the University of New Mexico, and had the game winning assist against the University of North Carolina. His last game action was July 17, when he played nine minutes against FC Dallas. Warner was also involved in training with the Liverpool Youth Academy in 2002.