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RSL: Careful development helped prepare Luis Gil for success
MLS » Coaches take their time with potential superstar.


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Rimando was in Washington when D.C. United made 14-year-old Freddy Adu the youngest player in the MLS. Rimando came with Adu to Salt Lake as part of a trade in 2007 and watched later that year when Adu left for what would prove to be a disappointing international run.

"He was just a little kid, Freddy," Rimando said. "But there was a lot on his shoulders and a lot expected of him. RSL groomed Luis the perfect way — didn’t throw him into the fire, didn’t put a lot of expectations on him. He came in knowing that it’s going to take time and that’s exactly what it did. And now look where he’s at."

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Luis Gil bio

» The Garden Grove, Calif., native is entering his fourth season with Real Salt Lake, but won’t turn 20 until mid-November.

» Scored 1 goal and tallied 3 assists in 30 Major League Soccer appearances last year.

» Helped the U.S. Under-20 team earn a World Cup berth by scoring 2 goals and notching 2 assists in qualifying.

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