Lagerwey confirms RSL looking to sign strikers, announcement possible this week

George Frey

Garth Lagerwey has again confirmed that Real Salt Lake is looking for additional strikers and has suggested that some news about the search could hit as soon as the end of the week.

Garth Lagerwey, Real Salt Lake general manager, confirmed Wednesday on ESPN 700 that Real Salt Lake is looking to sign two more strikers as the club looks to boost its forward ranks for 2013.

In an interview on OnFrame on Wednesday, Lagerwey said there could be announcements about forwards by the end of this week.

"I'm hopeful that by the end of the week, we're going to have potentially some announcements at the forward position to make us look better at that position than we were last year," he said.

Earlier in the day, Lagerwey said the process of acquiring new strikers is underway, and there were likely to be players coming into camp in trials.

"We have some offers out to a couple of players," Lagerwey said on the Bill and Hans Show on Wednesday afternoon. "We obviously don't know if those are going to be of interest or not. Those are players that are likely going to have to come in and audition for our team before we make any final decisions."

There are others, Lagerwey said, with whom the club is interested in entering serious discussions.

"I would say that we're far enough along that we've identified a couple of guys that we would like to bring in and begin serious discussions with," he said. "Hopefully those discussions will prove fruitful, and we'll hopefully have some information in the next couple of weeks."

Finding additional strikers of a high quality would give Real Salt Lake further competition across the squad, Lagerwey said.

"We want to have competition for every spot," he said. "The guys that we'd be bringing in would be guys that we'd want to bring in to compete with the guys already on the team. That includes Sabo and Findley. Our goal is, as a group of forwards, to be better than we were last year."

Lagerwey said the goal is to find two more forwards that would contribute regular first-team minutes.

"We really hope that if we're able to find two more forwards, if we're successful, then we'll have a group of four or five, all of whom we thought were capable of contributing on a week-in, week-out basis."

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