How’d RSL’s newest big acquisition, Albert Rusnák, fare in his first match?
Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel cited a positive performance from the player against Toronto FC, but he’s continuing to give him time to ease into the league.
In an interview on ESPN 700, Waibel gave Rusnák a six-to-eight week timeline for really getting his feet under him in MLS.
Albert’s brand new to the league — welcome to the league, you’re playing against Michael Bradley in your first game. That’s a bit tough. He handled himself — he actually led the league last week in key passes that led to ‘scoring chances,’ I call it. It’s going to take a while.
Albert is a sharp player. I think he’s a got a lot of great things, he did some very fascinating things on the weekend. But it’s a good six, seven, eight weeks before he really learns what this is. We’re traveling tomorrow for our game in Chicago — I don’t know if he’s ever traveled two days before a game, geographically.
A lot of things still need to come together, but there were flashes — flashes of combination, flashes of off-ball movement, and general reads in the attacking half that I think are really promising.
Waibel also cited a strong defensive effort from the midfielder as an important part of the team’s performance against a centrally focused team.
His defensive effort — the center of the field wasn’t an issue, when you play and that’s one where Giovinco, Jozy, Michael Bradley, they’re all focused on destroying you. I think his first impression was good. I don’t think it was everything he wanted it to be, but I think it was pretty darn good.
Albert’s a really creative attacking player. His movement on the ball is sharp, his movement off the ball is sharp. It all depends on the system we’re playing and how we’re emphasizing the roles of each player in a given game.