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Report: Chris Schuler to make RSL return, per SL Trib

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake’s defense just got bolstered, if this report from Salt Lake Tribune reporter Aaron Falk is accurate: Chris Schuler is making his first-team return.

The move is not a surprising one, with RSL general manager Craig Waibel saying earlier this week that the team was looking to bring in one or two players they were familiar with.

Schuler, whose last game for Real Salt Lake came in July 2015, fits that bill perfectly.

After his contract ended in December, Schuler went through the MLS re-entry draft, but he wasn’t selected by any team. He proceeded to rehab with RSL before signing with Real Monarchs, a move that signaled he was still in consideration for the first-team should his fitness problems be sorted out.

Between training with the first team and a slight hamstring injury that kept him out for a few matches at a time, Schuler has only made nine appearances for Real Monarchs. The first came on May 7; the last came only three days ago.

All indications, however, were clear that he had not suffered a recurrence of the foot injury that set him out of contention for long swathes of time.

The hope had been that a September surgery would see a prolonged positive impact on Schuler’s foot issues.

It remains to be seen whether RSL makes another roster addition, as per Falk’s tweet, but smart money might be on somebody like Ricardo Velazco, the Monarchs standout who we just haven’t been able to get enough of.