Homegrown midfielder and academy graduate Nico Muñiz waived after one season

Matt Montgomery

RSL-Arizona academy graduate Nico Muñiz has been waived by Real Salt Lake after spending 2012 with the club and will enter the 2012 MLS Waiver draft.

RSL-Arizona academy graduate Nico Muñiz has been waived by Real Salt Lake after spending 2012 with the club and will enter the 2012 MLS Waiver draft.

Muñiz, who counted as a homegrown player after his academy time, is the second such to be released from the club, after forward (and sometimes left back) Donny Toia was released during 2012 preseason.

Lalo Fernandez remains at the club as the sole homegrown player, but defender Carlos Salcedo, a fellow academy graduate, is widely expected to sign in 2013.

Real Salt Lake picks 12th in the Waiver Draft today, but any selection will automatically trigger contract clauses and options. It remains to be seen if anyone will be selected, though some big names are involved.

From mlssoccer.com:

Goalkeepers (3): Bryan Sylvestre (Vancouver), Jeremy Vuolo (NY Red Bulls), Bill Gaudette (NY Red Bulls)

Defenders (11): Jonathan Borrajo (NY Red Bulls), Cyprian Hedrick (Sporting KC), Ian Hogg (Portland). Flo Lechner (New England), Alex Lee (FC Dallas), Porfirio Lopez (Philadelphia), Neven Markovic (Sporting KC), Carlos Rodriguez (FC Dallas), Tyler Ruthven (NY Red Bulls), Nemanja Vukovic (Columbus Crew), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC), Luis Zapata (Colorado Rapids)

Midfielders (14): Freddie Braun (Portland), Julio Cesar (Sporting KC), Oscar Cordon (Toronto FC), Edu (Colorado Rapids), Gabriel Gomez (Philadelphia), Cole Grossman (Columbus Crew), Evan James (Montreal Impact), Bryan Leyva (FC Dallas), Nico Muniz (Real Salt Lake), Alec Purdie (New England), Jan Gunnar Solli (NY Red Bulls), Teemu Tainio (NY Red Bulls), Tiago Ulisses (Vancouver), Konrad Warzycha (Sporting KC)

Forwards (14): Jose Angulo (NY Red Bulls), Jhonny Arteaga (NY Red Bulls), Etienne Barbara (Vancouver), Blake Brettschneider (New England), Sercan Guvenisic (San Jose), Corey Hertzog (NY Red Bulls), Matias Jara (FC Dallas), Nicholas Lindsay (Toronto FC), Ruben Luna (FC Dallas), Keith Makabuya (Toronto FC), Charles Renken (Portland), Michael Roach (New England), Olman Vargas (Columbus Crew), Krystian Witkowski (Philadelphia)

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