RSL gets more attacking depth with signing of Argentinian winger Jonathan Menéndez

Menéndez could challenge captain Albert Rusnák or newcomer Anderson Julio for a starting spot.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake and General Manager Elliot Fall during a news conference at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

Real Salt Lake has picked up a winger just before the primary transfer window closes June 1.

RSL signed Jonathan Menéndez, a dynamic playmaker who hails from Argentina, on a three-year deal. He most recently played for Independiente of the Argentina’s first division. The club made the announcement at halftime of its game against Minnesota United.

“He will provide us another dynamic attacking option across our front line,” RSL General Manager Elliot Fall said in a statement. “His ability on the ball and in combination will complement our roster seamlessly.”

Menéndez has scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists while playing with Independiente and Club Atletico Talleres.

Adding Menéndez gives RSL another potent attacker on the wings that already include caption Albert Rusnák, Anderson Julio and Justin Meram. At 27, he’ll be one of the eldest at the position, but still in his athletic prime.

Menéndez is the fourth signing for RSL this season. In addition to Rubio Rubin and Anderson Julio — both of whom had played well so far this season — the team is soon expecting the arrival of Bobby Wood.