Real Salt Lake have revealed the names of the lucky players who made the cut to their 2012 squad.
Today’s batch of signings includes one Homegrown Player, four 2012 draftees and three trialists.
The eight who succeeded are:
FW Emiliano Bonfigli [MLS Supplemental Draft (17th overall pick); last played for Manta FC (Ecuadoran 1st Division)
DF Leone Cruz (acquired rights via trade with Seattle Sounders FC; last played for Southern Methodist Univ.)
DF Diogo de Almeida [MLS SuperDraft (24th overall pick), Southern Methodist Univ.]
GK Lalo Fernandez [Homegrown Player, RSL-Arizona Academy]
MF Enzo Martinez [MLS SuperDraft (17th overall pick), University of North Carolina]
MF Jonny Steele [free transfer, Carolina Railhawks (NASL)]
DF Terukazu Tanaka [free transfer, Sagan Tosu (Japanese 2nd Division)]
MF Sebastian Velasquez [MLS SuperDraft (36th overall pick), Spartanburg Methodist College]
It means no place for one former Whitecap Wes Knight but another, Larne’s Jonny Steel, did survive.
The new crop of players marks the largest influx of new blood since the roster overhauls of 2007 & 2008 that followed the installments of Head Coach Jason Kreis and General Manager Garth Lagerwey.
There will be a waiver draft tomorrow at midday (PST). Clubs that select a player who is not currently under contract during the Waiver Draft will be required to offer that player a contract. Clubs may not claim the right of first refusal for a player through waivers.