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Kwame Watson-Siriboe sent to NYCFC for draft pick, opening roster spot for Sebastian Jaime


Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Real Salt Lake defender, is on his way to New York City FC to work with Jason Kreis, according to the club today.

In exchange for Watson-Siriboe, who hasn't played for the club since June 8, 2013, after sustaining a torn ACL in a reserve game, Real Salt Lake will receive a fourth round draft pick in 2016.

More important than the draft pick, though, is that Watson-Siriboe clears the necessary cap space and roster space with his departure for Argentine striker Sebastian Jaime to join the club.

Watson-Siriboe's cap hit was not huge by any stretch: He made only $55,666.67 in guaranteed compensation as of the latest MLS Players Union salary report. With Jaime as a designated player,

Former RSL coach and current NYCFC coach Jason Kreis, on Watson-Siriboe: "Kwame is the type of imposing central defender that is difficult to play against, adding him to the squad at this early point in our roster building process is fantastic."

Watson-Siriboe found it difficult to break into the team after returning from his 2013 season-ending injury layoff, and with Carlos Salcedo and Aaron Maund both finding minutes difficult to come by behind Chris Schuler and Nat Borchers, moving him for an exciting striker doesn't seem unreasonable.

Watson-Siriboe played in 19 games, starting 17 of those, during his two full years at Real Salt Lake.