In what is a bit of news that we didn’t expect, Real Salt Lake have agreed a new deal with Marcelo Silva, with a report emerging from reliable source Sam Stejskal today.
Bit of news: RSL have agreed to a new deal with center back Marcelo Silva, per sources. Silva was available in stage one of re-entry, but isn’t on the list of players eligible for stage two.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) December 3, 2019
RSL announcing their head coach and GM in a press conference at 3 ET.
As noted, Silva was withdrawn from eligibility in the second stage of the re-entry process.
His financial outlay had been significant, with a salary impact of nearly $800,000 — which, given his rotational spot on the squad. Presumably, this will decrease the cost associated with him, though one never knows with MLS.
Silva signed with Real Salt Lake in mid-2017, playing nine games. He has struggled with minor injuries through his time at RSL, and through his three seasons, he’s yet to crack the 1,600 minute mark.
With a coaching announcement taking place today, one wouldn’t be surprised if this news makes it to the public sphere soon. Until then, we’ll assume this is maybe — probably — a done deal, and the ink’s still drying.