Luis Gil is back in MLS, but not for Real Salt Lake: He’s signed on loan at Orlando City SC, and for that, Real Salt Lake has received some of that sweet, sweet Targeted Allocation Money. In 2018. Not now.
Gil arrives in Orlando on loan from Liga MX side Querataro — the team he joined after letting his MLS contract run out. Real Salt Lake retained his rights by offering him what MLS calls a “Bona Fide Offer,” although details on exactly what constitutes one are difficult to come by.
That targeted allocation money will be sent over in 2018, and there are two scenarios here: If Orlando City complete a deal to retain Gil’s services beyond the loan, they’ll send RSL $100,000 in TAM; if they merely keep him on loan, they’ll send RSL $50,000.
Interestingly, the players who left Real Salt Lake for Mexico following 2015 have all returned to the league. Sebastian Saucedo has been playing regularly for Real Salt Lake with Plata injured, Luis Silva has taken up a bench role for the club, and Gil is now with Orlando. Even Real Monarchs goalkeeper Christian Herrera has returned to the United States, as he’s playing at Portland Timbers 2 on loan from the Monarchs.