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RSL trialist is Ghanaian center back Jerry Akaminko

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Jerry Akaminko, Ghanaian center back, is Real Salt Lake's center back trialist, it was revealed in the 60th minute of today's preseason friendly against Portland Timbers.

Akaminko, 27, has played in Turkey since 2008, but a knee injury in 2014 — just before Ghana announced its World Cup squad — led to him sitting out the entire 2014-15 season for Eskişehirspor. The club canceled his contract about a month ago, as he apparently struggled to regain form.

He'd been linked to Besiktas, but free agents in Turkey are apparently barred from being signed after the transfer window.

Akaminko came on in the 60th minute for Real Salt Lake against Portland Timbers as a center back, playing alongside Justen Glad.

Akaminko has not been announced as a signing for RSL, but that his name was announced during the match — and not as an anonymous trialist — says something about his state with the team. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled on this one.