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A guide to Real Salt Lake's departures, returns, and potential signings

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As we're sitting here waiting for Real Salt Lake to make a move — keeping in mind that RSL general manager Craig Waibel said earlier this week that the earliest a move for a new player could take place is next week — it might be a helpful exercise to consider the players that have come, gone, and stayed in Salt Lake City.

In

Danilo Acosta — a young, talented center back from the RSL-AZ academy

Out

Luis Gil — Off to Liga MX's Queretaro

Luis Silva — Off to Liga MX's Tigres

Elias Vasquez — Option was declined and isn't returning to Real Salt Lake

Chris Schuler — Option was declined but could still return

Returning

Javier Morales — The maestro returns

Jamison Olave — With uncertainty around Schuler and with Elias Vasquez gone, Olave's return shores up the center back

Demar Phillips — The left back agreed a new contract with Real Salt Lake after agreeing that his 2015 season was frustrating

Phanuel Kavita — The young center back returns for a sophomore professional year

Potential

Mystery player A — The player Waibel is most confident about; he expects an announcement next week

Mystery player B — This one's less certain — Waibel feels "shaky" about signing the player.

Mystery player C — This one's not certain at all, and Waibel said he's "throwing a penny into the well" — it's hard to know how exactly that metaphor plays out, but it's something, at least. He has said that if the team isn't confident about the third player, he'll only sign the first two, then leave the last roster spot until the summer transfer window.

Draft pick — RSL picks fifth in the draft, and that means they might be selecting a pretty good player. Will that pan out?