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With the 24th pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer Draft, Real Salt Lake Selects: Diogo de Almeido

Well with our first pick Real Salt Lake accomplished something that I don't think anyone saw coming, they got a qualify offensive midfielder who will not cost them a penny in cap room in 2012 as we got Generation Adidas player Enzo Martinez, so next up is the 24th pick which we get from Chivas USA (I believe it was part of the deal that let them get Robin Fraser), but there are still some players that I really like left in the draft. So with the number 24 pick, RSL selects:

DIOGO de ALMEIDA

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He is a 23 yr old 6'0" defender who played for SMU and is from Brazil.

I will be honest, I don't know much about this player but I am trusting in the RSL staff who know what the team needs are. Here is his profile page from SMU and his numbers from college:

COLLEGIATE RECORD

YR SCHOOL GP GS G A

2011 SMU 20 20 4 0

2010 SMU 19 18 0 0

2009 SMU 13 4 0 1

2008 SMU 18 4 5 2

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

College

2011: Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year; All-Conference USA First Team; NSCAA All-Midwest Region First Team

2010: Moved from midfielder to defender, after moving from forward to midfield in 2009

High School

Oakridge School (2008; Arlington, Texas)

Club/National Team

Played for Dallas Texans ‘90

  • Played first with the FC Dallas youth scheme then joined Dallas Texans
  • Also played at São Paulo FC in Brazil; played with Juninho and Alex Cazumba of the LA Galaxy and Jackson of FC Dallas

This could be interesting.