RSL cuts loose international strikers

Published January 19, 2009 10:07 pm
Moves » Dr. Goals signs with Scottish league, fellow striker leaves the team.
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The doctor is no longer in, for Real Salt Lake.

Target striker Kenny Deuchar -- a physician known as "Dr. Goals" whose scoring prowess in the Scottish Premier League never translated in Major League Soccer -- will not be back with RSL next season, sources confirmed Monday. Instead, he worked out a buyout of the final year of his contract and signed with the Hamilton Accies of the SPL on a free transfer, according to media reports in Scotland.

Fellow striker Fabian Espindola also will not return, after RSL did not pick up an option on his contract. The native Argentine signed with Deportivo Anzoategui in Venezuela last week.

General manager Garth Lagerwey hinted at both moves recently, but RSL officials were not available for comment Monday.

While Espindola missed nearly two months after hurting his ankle while executing a back flip in celebration of a goal that was later disallowed, Deuchar almost never could find the net for RSL. He scored three goals -- Espindola scored five -- but became known more for the open shots he missed, and scarcely played as a late substitute over the final two months of the first playoff season in franchise history.

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