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RSL signing Brazilian midfielder Pecka, SI reporter says

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Real Salt Lake could be set to sign 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Pecka, according to Sports Illustrated contributor Liviu Bird. The club was unable to confirm the report at the time of publication.

Wellington de Jorge Estanislau Paeckart, or Pecka, most recently played for NASL's Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and can play as a defensive midfielder or further up in a central midfield role. He's a product of the Flamengo's youth system and has featured heavily for the Strikers since arriving there in 2011. While there, he played under now-RSL-assistant coach (and then Strikers head coach) Daryl Shore.

With Ned Grabavoy having left the club through the MLS Expansion Draft and Sebastian Velasquez traded to NYCFC, Real Salt Lake was somewhat short on midfielders. The addition of Pecka brings some parity there, with RSL's midfielders sitting like so (grouped by general position):

Kyle Beckerman, Cole Grossman
Luke Mulholland, Luis Gil, John Stertzer
Javier Morales

More on this as it becomes available. We're seeking confirmation through Real Salt Lake's communications department.