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RSL scours the globe in search of affordable talent

With a handful of departures and the team in need of reinforcements for 2012, Real Salt Lake have holes to fill this offseason. To that end, RSL's technical staff has gone abroad in search of new talent.

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More bang for the buck is the Real Salt Lake philosophy when it comes to scouting and signing players. General manager Garth Lagerweymust fit a competitive squad inside his $2.81 million salary cap.

Coach Jason Kreis and his assistants are mining talent throughout South America, Asia and Europe as well as college players in preparation of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 12.

The draft has been reduced from three to two rounds with each of the 19 MLS teams selecting two players.

There has been some misses during RSL's search for talent over the years. Yet, RSL has also done well enough in bringing affordable to Salt Lake City.

Speculation, with the retirement of Andy Williams and the trade of Robbie Russell, has Real looking to upgrade its team speed as well as its depth at midfield and defense.



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