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Official: Jamaican left back Demar Phillips signs with Real Salt Lake

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Demar Phillips, a Jamaican left back who played six years with Norwegian outfit Aalesunds FK, has officially joined Real Salt Lake.

His signing was first reported here on Dec. 18, but the signing hadn't been made official, pending the receipt of his work visa. The move is now official.

Phillips, 31, is likely to be a day-one starter for Real Salt Lake, as he is a strong left back with what RSL technical director Craig Waibel calls a "veteran presence."

"He has played in different leagues around the world and brings that club experience along with his international experience to bolster our defense," Waibel said in a club-issued press release. "He's an exciting, attack-minded left back, so we look forward to what he can bring to the team on that end, and he's a defender first so he will fit in well with our team's mentality."

Phillips brings international experience to the back line, having played 62 times for Jamaica and played in Europa League competition with Aalesunds.

No details as to the length of Phillips' contract were released.