Former RSL academy player Maikon Orellana renews Brondby contract

Former Real Salt Lake academy standout Maikon Orellana has renewed his contract with Danish side IF Brondby. Orellana, a striker, trained several times with RSL. Orellana will also be joining the El Salvador U-20s ahead of their entry into the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Attinella back with RSL

Jeff Attinella has returned to the squad, leaving us again with four goalkeepers. He won team of the week honors once during his time with Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL. Does this open an opportunity for the young Lalo Fernandez to go on loan? He's impressed during the reserves matches he's played this season.

RSL academy exports: Salcedo, Velazco, and more

Grande Sports Academy compiled this list of former and current academy players who have been plying their trade outside the club — including Carlos Salcedo, who's now started two RSL matches, and Ricardo Velazco, who scored in the US Open Cup.

NYCFC announced as Yankees, Man City partnership

The fog around NY2 has lifted and what's emerged is almost (but not entirely) unexpected. England's Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees are partners. An interesting development, to be sure. They're set to start playing in 2015. What do you think? Is it going to work? Will MLS suddenly be awash with money?

Kreis on Robbie Russell's retirement

Salt Lake Tribune writer Aaron Falk talked with Jason Kreis about Robbie Russell's retirement; Kreis credited Russell with helping change the culture of Real Salt Lake.

Robbie Russell retires, pursuing medical field

Former RSL right back and defensive stronghold Robbie Russell has retired from D.C. United and will be pursuing medical school — at Georgetown Medical School, reportedly the fifth-most selective medical institution in the U.S. While the game will miss him, much congratulations are in order for his acceptance into Georgetown's pre-med program.

Carlos Salcedo red card rescinded

RSL communications is reporting that Carlos Salcedo's red-card-producing-yellow-card has been rescinded, which means the player will be eligible for tomorrow's match. Interestingly, the card has been applied to Beltran, and if I'm to be honest, I have no idea what it's really for. A foul? I didn't see one — or at least much of one. At any rate, it's great to see, because we might really need him on Saturday. And that he did well enough on Wednesday to be eligible for consideration is remarkable in and of itself.

Lagerwey on youth development, small market disadvantages

Garth Lagerwey talks to in this look at youth development, MLS academies, exceptions and much more — and there are some interesting rules involved here, like the out-of-area exceptions allowed for sides. I'm of the opinion — like a commenter on that article — that it's more important to develop intelligently than in massive numbers. Obviously we're at a numbers disadvantage, but it seems we've got a great setup and we're now producing players who I'm convinced will see regular MLS time in four to five years — once they're out of college. What do you think?

Attinella sent on loan to Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

Exactly what the title says: Jeff Attinella is on-loan at Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. There's no real surprise that he has been sent on loan, as it was either him or Lalo Fernandez that was likely to go, get minutes and get experience. With no reserves matches for a bit, he's off to get time. I wouldn't read anything about the battle for spots into this.

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