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Hansen, RSL reportedly looking to open academy north of San Diego

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Real Salt Lake could be set to open an academy in Oceanside, a Southern California city just north of San Diego, according to a report from daily newspaper U-T San Diego.

The report came to light because of issues surrounding local opposition to the plan, which involves the renovation of land currently used for a city-owned golf course.

The news comes only as somewhat of a surprise given that the club has been making inroads toward a USL Pro side in San Diego. The big news here is that it might have some sort of academy component — but details are light on that.

The plan includes a training complex with six private soccer fields, as well as potentially involving an 8,000-seat stadium.

With the Oceanside city manager speaking to the fact that it involves an academy, this news does seem to have legs — but how exactly Real Salt Lake would be able to operate an academy in southern California is difficult to say, with both (soon to be formerly known as) Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy.

More on this as it develops.