Luis Gil, who has been reported to be the target for Mexican clubs for the better part of the offseason (and longer, with some rumors cropping up in the summer), is set to leave for Liga MX side Queretaro, according to a report from Goal writer Ives Galarcep.
Gil, 22, joined Real Salt Lake in 2010 as a 16-year-old, and was, at the time, hotly tipped to be the heir apparent to names like Landon Donovan and the like. Of course, that hasn't quite panned out as some would have hoped — or planned — and Gil was left in a position this offseason of being out of contract despite being one of the most hyped young Americans in years.
That hype in the last two years has perhaps diminished somewhat, with the American youth development system picking up steam and producing plenty of youngsters who find their way to Mexico, among other places.
Whatever the case, Gil's time at Real Salt Lake can only be described as mixed. He went from truly impressing in 2012 and 2013, if showing his youth a bit, to having disappointing (at best) seasons in 2014 and 2015.
Gil's rights, given Real Salt Lake had made a bona fide offer for the continuation of his services, remains with the MLS team in perpetuity, for better or worse. Only time will tell whether this move proves to be the spark he needs in his career, but it does leave RSL with potentially valuable rights in the future, or even an option for his return.
Gil is the second player to have been reported to be departing for Mexico from Real Salt Lake, with Luis Silva set for a Tigres move, according to reports in the last two weeks.