As rumored in the past day, Guatemalan center back Elias Vasquez, 22, could be joining Real Salt Lake in short order.
The latest? Translations of Guatemalan news stories (thanks, Heath) seem to indicate that the move is imminent. An agreement is the only piece remaining. I know that sounds like a big piece, but there seems to be a very strong desire on the part of the player to join RSL.
If we're wondering what might have brought him to us, we don't need to look too far. He has some desire to play in the United States, having been on trial for Chicago Fire at one point, and he also has CONCACAF Champions League experience. As we venture forward toward building a CCL-ready squad, players with this level of experience will prove valuable.
According to Soccerway, who use data from Opta, Vasquez played in three CCL matches for Comunicaciones in the 2013-2014 campaign, starting twice and coming off the bench once for 253 minutes of play. That's nothing to be sniffed at. They lost that group (group 6, with Toluca and Caledonia AIA) but Toluca steamed through that group without too much controversy. (Toluca, at home, beat the Guatemalans 5-1, and beat them 2-1 in Guatemala.)
The kid has some great international experience, too. He played four matches in 2014 qualifying as Guatemala only narrowly missed out on the Hex — the group of six teams vying for the three World Cup spots (and one play-off spot).
He played in the June 2012 match against the United States where Marco Pappa grabbed a late equalizer for the Guatemalans. Let's check out some highlights of that. (He's number 3 here.)
And he played in the October loss to the U.S., which we have highlights of here. Again, he's number 3.