A tired, jet-lagged Real Salt Lake squad arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport this afternoon following their two-week jaunt to Argentina. I had a chance to catch up with coach Jason Kreis for about five minutes while he waited for his luggage, and he reiterated that it was a very productive trip.
Kreis also confirmed that RSL won’t be offering Singapore striker Indra Sahdan Daud a contract, meaning Xango jersey sales in Asia aren’t about to skyrocket. It also means that baring any last-minute wheeling and dealing by GM Garth Lagerwey, the team’s 28-man roster is set.
RSL came home a bit banged up. Defender Chris Wingert has a left MCL sprain and is out about two weeks, meaning he might miss the home opener on March 29. Wingert said it was a fluke injury that resulted while landing awkwardly after temporarily blacking out. The other injuries seem pretty mild, with Dema Kovalenko nursing a pulled groin and Nick Rimando suffering from a strained right rotator cuff.
The team will have Friday and Saturday off before resuming training this Sunday tentatively scheduled for Xango Field in Lehi. RSL will be faced in Salt Lake City for the remainder of training camp.
In the past three or four weeks, many RSL fans expressed excitement about the possibility of the team signing Indra. Now that the deal is dead, what are your thoughts?