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Report: RSL targeting American, Welsh full back Adam Henley

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Brian Sciaretta’s linking us to a Welsh-American full back, and it really makes a lot of sense.

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The rumors just don’t stop, do they? Today, Brian Sciaretta, a reliable American soccer reporter, dropped some interesting information about a potential Real Salt Lake target: former Blackburn full back Adam Henley.

Henley, 23, has appeared twice for the Welsh international team, but he was born in Tennessee, making him an interesting option for any MLS team. With RSL needing reinforcement at right back, Henley, who made 73 appearances with Blackburn in the Championship, could be that option.

Of course, it’s not quite that simple: Henley, currently a free agent, has been without a club since his Blackburn contract expired, with his 13-year tenure at the English club coming to a close. That was largely due to a glut of injuries in the last year, and it really put a stop to some of his career progress.

That could mean Real Salt Lake could bring in Henley for a relatively reduced price, and he likely wouldn’t occupy an international spot, given his stateside birth. Given Tony Beltran’s long injury recovery time still anticipated, it would provide a real challenge at that position. That would be valuable in the next nine months, but it could provide some real value in the future — Beltran,

If this move does come to fruition, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise. A Portsmouth news outlet reported MLS interest in November, after a trial at Blackpool didn’t end in a contract.

We’ll keep an ear to the ground on this one, but it sounds feasible enough right now.