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RSL could debut trialist on Thursday against Portland Timbers

Craig Waibel's out here dropping hints.

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For the first time in 2016, you'll have a chance tomorrow to watch Real Salt Lake in preseason, with the team taking on Portland Timbers in a friendly in Tucson at 11:30 a.m., which be streamed on the club's site.

During that match, you might have a chance to see a player on trial with Real Salt Lake — and there's a good chance that could be a defensive player RSL brought in to camp.

In an interview with RSL Communications' Matt Gaschk in club podcast Claret and Cobalt Daily, Waibel gave a boost to the hopes that the club could sign a defensive player before the season's end.

"A little teaser —" Waibel said, "We may see one new face in that game that could be a player to be aware of."

This sounds like us to be the team trying out a player they're looking at signing. We don't know more than that at this point, but we're potentially less than a day away from knowing more.

Waibel expounded on that, talking about the effect a trialist can have on the squad. It makes for a good listen, so do check it out.

This player we have in currently — and any player that we do have in — there's an understanding already through the group, given the conversation that's Jeff had with players as well as I've had, as to what we're trying to build and where we feel we need to strengthen.

We expect the guys that play those positions to not agree with us, nor should they ever agree with us — if they do agree with us, then that's probably their choice to move on — but the truth is always the best policy in professional sports. The moment you get into trying to tell stories in this game, you're walking on a really long road that does not have a good ending.