Heading into the MLS SuperDraft last week, most draft projections by various media outlets around the country had Real Salt Lake snagging a goalkeeper with one of its first two or three selections. On paper, it made sense considering that RSL dealt back-up goalkeeper Chris Seitz to the expansion Philadelphia Union back in November.
Real Salt Lake obviously had different intentions as it selected one midfielder and three defenders with its four draft picks. That’s great news for Kyle Reynish, who was RSL’s No. 3 goalie for the past two years.
“We feel like Kyle Reynish is going to be our No. 2, and we feel like he’s ready. We’ll find out soon if we’re right or wrong,” said RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey.
Playing time was rare for Reynish the past two years behind Nick Rimando and Seitz, but the coaching staff was obviously pleased with his development and are prepared to put more responsibility on his shoulders. He’ll get his opportunities with RSL’s busy 2010 calendar that includes the MLS regular season (30 games), the U.S. Open Cup (1 to 8 games) and the CONCACAF Champions League (6 games).
What are your thoughts? Are you comfortable with Reynish as RSL’s No. 2 goalkeeper heading into the 2010 season?