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Transfer window opens and Real Salt Lake jump into the mix

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Well just hours after MLS opened up their transfer window, Real Salt Lake announced the following:

Real Salt Lake Acquires DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe from Chicago Fire

in Exchange for 2014 MLS SuperDraft Pick

25-Year Old Centerback Joins Team at Today's 10:00 a.m. America First Field Training Session

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, June 27, 2012) - Real Salt Lake announced today that the club has acquired DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe from the Chicago Fire in exchange for RSL's 4thround natural selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

The Chino Hills, Calif., product was selected 26th overall by the Fire out of the University of Connecticut back in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, appearing in 10 matches (starting seven) as a rookie campaign, playing a total of 681 minutes. Last season, Watson-Siriboe spent the 2011 campaign on a season-long loan to FC Tampa Bay (NASL), where he appeared in 10 matches.

Throughout the 2012 MLS season, the 6'3" / 196 lb. back has not featured for Chicago in a first team match.

Player: Kwame Watson-Siriboe

Position: Defender

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 196 lbs.

Born: November 13, 1986

Place of Birth: Chino Hills, CA

Hometown: Chino Hills, CA

Citizenship: USA

College: University of Connecticut

Acquired: Via trade from Chicago Fire on June 27, 2012; in exchange for 2014 4th Round SuperDraft selection

It is an interesting move made by RSL, giving up a late draft pick in 2 years for a back up defender with size. One has to believe with the injuries of Jamison Olave, and Chris Schuler, as well as the wear and tear on Nat Borchers has exposed a gap in RSL's depth. The team has focused on restoring depth at outside back with the signing of Kenny Mansally, Chris Estridge, and Terukazu Tanaka. Now the addition of Kwame Watson-Siriboe to the mix could add some needed depth at center back.

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