Earlier this month Real Salt Lake rejected a transfer offer from Argentine club River Plate for defender Jamison Olave. RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey said the offer wasn’t nearly good enough, but also elaborated a bit more on the club’s organization philosophy in selling players.
“Anytime we sell a player we have to be mindful of what message are we sending our fans. Part of the reason we didn’t sell Yura (Movsisyan) was because I couldn’t sit in my chair and figure out how do I tell our fans we’re going to sell our second best striker in the middle of the season heading into the stretch run. What message does that send to our fans in terms of trying to win a championship? So we kept him. The situation was more complicated than just that, but it’s consistent with our organizational philosophy. So with Jamison, yeah if we get an offer we could sell him and make some money, but we want to win, and that’s the first and foremost goal of the organization.”
Are you glad Olave will be around for RSL’s busy 2010 campaign? Also, what are your thoughts RSL’s organizational philosophy about selling players?