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REAL SALT LAKE ACQUIRES U.S. UNDER-20 MIDFIELDER LUIS GIL FROM KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Here is the official RSL press release on Luis Gil:

RSL Gives Wizards International Player Slot, 2011 Second Round Draft Pick and Future Considerations in Return for Budding Playmaker

            SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, February 23, 2010) - Real Salt Lake made a move with its future in mind via a trade today with the Kansas City Wizards, as the defending MLS Cup Champion acquired U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Luis Gil from the Eastern Conference side in return for a second round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, an International Player roster slot, and 25 percent of any future transfer fee received by RSL for Gil from a club outside MLS. Kansas City acquired the 17-year-old midfielder in a weighted lottery held by the League on Monday.

"Real Salt Lake provides a prime environment for the development of young players," said RSL GM Garth Lagerwey. "The track record that Jason Kreis and our coaching staff have of nurturing talent is exemplary, and the dream of venturing onto the Rio Tinto Stadium turf will surely inspire Luis to work hard every day in training. We have a talented, veteran team and we have no expectation that any young player will easily crack our championship lineup, though our hope is that Luis is eventually able to earn minutes in the years ahead."

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Gil has already garnered plenty of attention, the California native turning down the Mexican Football Federation's overtures in order to represent the United States at the youth international level, which he's already done on 32 occasions. Eighteen of those "caps" came in 2009, when he registered four goals and four assists and served as the youngest member of the USA's squad at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria. Gil did more than just tag along for the tournament, serving in the #10 playmaking role for the squad and dishing out one assist while proving to be one of the U.S. side's steadier players in the competition.

For his stellar play in 2009, Gil became the youngest player since 2003 to win U.S. Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year award, which is when ex-RSL member Freddy Adu captured the honor. Gil, who had reportedly received interest from some of Europe's most prestigious clubs, played his youth soccer with Southern California club Pateadores before joining the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. for its Spring 2008 semester.

Luis Gil

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-8

Weight: 155

Born: November 14, 1993

Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif.

College: N/A

Citizenship: USA

Last Club: U.S. Under-20 MNT

ACQUIRED: Via trade on 2/23/10 from Kansas City Wizards in exchange for 2011 MLS SuperDraft selection, an International Player roster slot, and future transfer fee considerations

U.S. Youth National Teams

Has represented the United States on 36 occasions, scoring six goals ... U.S. Under-20's: Has four appearances and one goal since entering U-20 player pool as part of 36-player camp in mid-December 2009 ... Made U-20 debut with 90-minute effort in opening game of Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara v. Pachuca on 1/22/10, scoring the USA's lone goal in the 1-3 defeat ... Also made appearances on 1/23 v. Brazil (1-1 T), 1/24 v. Tigres (0-1 L), and 1/26 v. Atlas (1-1 T) ... U.S. Under 17's: Made 32 appearances (5 goals) for the U.S. U-17s after joining the Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. for the Spring 2008 semester ... Made 18 appearances in 2009, scoring 4G & 4A en route to being named U.S. Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year ... Registered one assist while serving in the playmaking role in each of the USA's four contests in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria ... Was the youngest member of the United States squad at the tournament ... Assisted on Nick Palodichuk's goal in the Round of 16 match against Italy on 11/04/09,  a 1-2 L that bounced the USA from the competition ... His four goals were second best on the team in 2009 ... Went the full 90 minutes in Group Stage matches on 10/26/09 v. Spain (1-2 L), 10/29/09 v. Malawi (1-0 W), and 11/01/09 v. United Arab Emirates (1-0 W) ... Performance in Nigeria garnered attention from such European giants as Arsenal and Real Madrid ...

Club Soccer

Grew up in Garden Grove, Calif. and played for SoCal youth soccer powerhouse Pateadores, whose roster of alums includes Maurice Edu, John Thorrington and Dan Califf ...

Personal

Luis' older brother, Brian, was also a member of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program under former RSL coach John Ellinger, who invited the elder Gil to train with the nascent MLS side in 2005 & 2006 (2A in 7 MLS Reserve Division games with RSL Reserves) ...

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