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Sebastian Jaime officially joins Real Salt Lake, will use DP slot, Lagerwey tells ESPN700

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake has signed Argentine striker Sebastian Jaime, pending the approval of his visa, RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey told ESPN 700 today.

Update, 4:25 p.m.: Jaime will be a designated player by virtue of the acquisition cost associated with the transfer.

Jaime could be available for the Aug. 22 match against FC Dallas, Lagerwey said in the interview.

"He's an attacking player who can play either role up top ... he's a very hard-working, versatile player, and we're excited to add him," Lagerwey said.

"We wouldn't have signed him if we weren't really excited about him," Lagerwey said. "We're hopeful that we'll get a good value for this player, but again time will tell. It's a difficult transition for anyone who signs mid-season."

Lagerwey said Jaime should be fit and ready to go when he joins the team, but that there will be inevitable points of transition.

"He just finished pre-season in Chile," Lagerwey said. "He's fit and ready to go. It's a question of language, cultural and team transitions. We're hopeful he can get up to speed quickly and be successful in the long-term as well."

Though it should perhaps not come as a surprirse, Lagerwey said that Jaime had been scouted by the club since 2012, and that "he's been in the list of our top three-five forwards as well."

Lagerwey was effusive in his praise of the incoming Jaime, particularly in terms of his experience and mentality.

"His work-rate I would describe as industrious," he said. "He's good in the air, got good feet. He's just a good all-around player. He does not have many holes in his game. He does basically everything well."

Lagerwey specifically called out Devon Sandoval, Robbie Findley, Olmes Garcia and Joao Plata as players part of the long-term outlook at Real Salt Lake, making the next move to free roster space an interesting one.