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Olave, Espindola to NYRB as RSL slashes squad

RSL mainstays Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola have been traded to New York Red Bulls, a Real Salt Lake press release confirms today.

Chris Trotman

Real Salt Lake fan favorites Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola are off to New York Red Bulls in exchange for an undisclosed allocation money, slashing away at a core section of the squad.

Fabian Espindola will be best remembered for his dizzying, darting runs and magical goalscoring ability — and perhaps his deficit in consistency. He joined the club in 2007, and despite a short spell at Venezuelan side Deportivo Anzoátegui in 2009, became a vital part of RSL's near-legendary MLS Cup-winning and CONCACAF finalist side.

Jamison Olave's speed-strewn and strong defending became a hallmark of Real Salt Lake's defensive structure, with the partnership he formed with center back Nat Borchers as one of the strongest defensive tandems in MLS for two or three years.

Olave's shaky fitness undoubtedly made the decision slightly easier, with the center back playing in only 21 of 32 available matches in 2012, a marked decline his 2010 campaign in which he was named MLS Defender of the Year with 27 of 30 matches under his belt.

How exactly Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey rebuild the RSL squad remains to be seen, but with many key players still involved, the transition will be slightly smoother than perhaps previously thought.

The exits bring the total out to eight, with Will Johnson widely expected to be the ninth to Portland Timbers, as reported by Soccer by Ives.

CONFIRMED OUT: Paulo Jr., Bonfigli, Steele, Reynish, Braun, Espindola, Olave, Muñiz