Following the MLS Cup final, the post-season has kicked into gear for Real Salt Lake, with four players confirmed out, two re-signed, and more changes inevitable.
Real Salt Lake has officially declined options on four players, gutting two 2012 signings in Jonny Steele and Emiliano Bonfigli. Also released were second-choice goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and young Brazilian striker Paulo Jr.
Today's official announcement precedes the final submission of the re-entry draft list, which all clubs are required to submit today. That list will be made publicly available at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, with a blackout period beginning at 5 p.m. EST that day. Until that point, clubs may re-sign and trade their players.
The Steele release comes as no big surprise after the player tweeted about leaving Salt Lake City. It comes at the end of a mixed season for the Irish midfielder, who sometimes found himself lacking in the later stages of the season after making a good impression early on.
Bonfigli's release, too, comes as little surprise after the Argentine striker failed to make an impact on the side, scoring just one goal in ten appearances.
Joining him in departing the club is Paulo Jr., whose three seasons with the club were spotted with promise. The Brazilian always seemed like somebody who could make a huge impact given the right application and mentality, but he, too, found himself adrift one too many times.
The release of Reynish, who joined Real Salt Lake in 2007 after being drafted from UC Santa Barbara, comes as slightly more a surprise. There is some thinking that he may in effect do what Garth Lagerwey has done and make a private sector (of sorts) jump into post-graduate education.
With rumors abounding about other departures, it's clear the squad is still undergoing a wild transformation. Will Johnson is widely expected to join Portland Timbers for allocation money (as reported by Stumptown Footy), and Soccer By Ives has reported that both Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave are moving to New York Red Bulls.
Updated, Dec. 3: Jason Kreis is already producing solid gold on Twitter.
Extremely happy for Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert with their new contracts - core guys!More to come later from me...— Jason Kreis (@JasonKreis) December 3, 2012
More on those three trades as official word trickles down. Analysis of all moves coming post-haste.