It’s no secret by this point that Joao Plata simply isn’t in favor at Real Salt Lake, for one reason or another.
After all, in his four matches he’s made it on the pitch for, he’s played just 23 minutes, averaging just over five minutes per appearance.
That’s quite a change for a player that started 20 matches last year, scoring eight goals and notching eight assists. But the team has very much moved in a direction where Plata hasn’t been involved, and that leads one to a big question: Will he still be on the team at the end of the day?
And I don’t mean ‘end of the day’ figuratively. I mean literally today: The primary trade window, which corresponds to the player registration window, closes at the end of the day. Will Joao Plata go during that time?
There are, of course, other options. Plata may leave to a team outside MLS, or he may not leave at all. Should he leave outside MLS, the MLS player registration window would be non-impactful, unless the team wants to time it with a replacement. Given his lack of playing time, that doesn’t seem like the biggest concern.
Don’t expect him, however, to go somewhere like Mexico — not today, at least. Their primary transfer window, during which time players from a foreign country may be registered, opens on June 14. He has, of course, been long-rumored to be a target for Mexican outlets, so that’s something to keep in your head.