The readership of the Deseret Morning News in Singapore has probably never been higher thanks to Indra Sahdan Daud’s trial with Real Salt Lake. But will it continue now that RSL has wrapped up its Florida training camp? He played well in 45 minutes of a 2-2 draw against the Rapids on Friday and he scored in just 15 minutes of work in RSL’s 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic in a 60-minute scrimmage this morning.
I just got off the phone with Garth Lagerwey, who’s on his was to the Newark airport bound for Europe, and he said, “I imagine there could be one or two scenarios in which we’d bring him to Argentina with us.” Indra clearly remains on the bubble, but the fact he’s still around means he’s made a decent impression on the coaching staff.
One player who isn’t on the bubble is Ritchie Kotschau. Lagerwey confirmed Saturday that the club had officially parted ways with the veteran central defender. The play of Nat Borchers, Matias Mantilla and David Horst at training camp, not to mention the eventual arrival of Jamison Olave, made Kotschau expendable. Lagerwey expects Olave, a Colombian defender, to join RSL in Argentina next weekend, and by the end of the three-week stint in South America he should have all of his documentation in order so he can enter the United states.
Lagerwey is heading to Scotland and England to look at a few additional players, before he returns to Utah Thursday night. He said RSL has the ability to sign up to one or two more additional international players, but he admitted it may not happen and if that’s the case the club will proceed with what it has. “We’ve always got to be looking,” said Lagerwey, who will then jump on a plane Friday morning to head to Argentina with the team.
RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman is out of his walking boot and has begun jogging. As long as he remains pain free he’ll begin increasing his work load each day. He isn’t the only hobbling holding midfielder. Lagerwey suggested that Carey Talley might have a broken foot, but he won’t know until x-rays are done early next week.
Lastly, Lagerwey reiterated that Duke Hashimoto, who is rehabbing a knee injury technically isn’t under contract with the team and won’t count toward RSL’s 28-man roster. At which time he’s healthy enough to play, the team would then have the option of signing him and releasing another player.
Here are RSL’s last two preseason results, courtesy of RSL communications:
Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado Rapids 2
RSL Spring Exhibition No. 5
Friday, February 22, 2008
Central Broward Regional Park — Lauderhill, Fla.
COL — Facundo Erpen (Terry Cooke) ’19
RSL — Yura Movsisyan 6 (Nathan Sturgis 1, Ian Joy 2) ’40
COL — Ciaran O’Brien (Jovan Kirovski) ’52
RSL — Fabian Espidola 2 (Matias Cordoba 1) ’81
Real Salt Lake Line-up — GK-Nick Rimando (Chris Seitz 45); DF-Chris Wingert (Craig Ziadie 60), DF-Matias Mantilla (Dustin Kirby 60), DF-Nat Borchers (David Horst 60), DF-Ian Joy (Tony Beltran 60); MF-Andy Williams (Alex Nimo 60), MF-Kenny Cutler (Matias Cordoba 60), MF-Javier Morales (Kevin Reiman 60), MF-Nathan Sturgis; FW-Robbie Findley (Fabian Esp?ola 45), FW-Yura Movsisyan (Indra Sahdan Daud 45)
Real Salt Lake 2, Florida Atlantic University 1
RSL Spring Exhibition No. 6
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Holiday Inn Sports Complex– Sunrise, Fla.
RSL — Kyle Brown 1 (Tony Beltran 2) 1
RSL — Indra Sahdan Daud 2 (Robbie Findley 1) 50
FAU — (goal) 52
Real Salt Lake Line-up — GK-Kyle Reynish; DF-Tony Beltran (Brennan Tennelle 22), DF-Dustin Kirby, DF-David Horst, DF-Craig Ziadie; MF-Salim Bullen, MF-Matias Cordoba, MF-Alex Nimo (Kenny Cutler 45), MF-Kevin Reiman; FW-Tino Nunez (Indra Sahdan Daud 45), FW-Kyle Brown (Robbie Findley 45)