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Official: RSL signs Jeizon Ramirez to young DP deal

The 18-year-old joins RSL with a chance at early minutes.

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Real Salt Lake finalized the signing of Jeizon Ramirez, an 18-year-old Venezuelan winger, on a transfer from Venezuelan club Tachira.

Ramirez was nearly signed at Greek club Asteras Tripolis F.C., but Tachira pulled back the deal, likely because RSL made an offer for the player.

From a club-issued release, RSL general manager Elliot Fall:

“Jeizon is a dynamic attacking player with a nose for goal and a playmaking ability to create for his teammates. He is already an experienced professional and can help our team immediately, but at just 18 years old, has tremendous capacity to develop. We are excited to see what he will be able to do under the tutelage of our staff and development structure.”

Ramirez joins a roster that’s a bit light on wingers; Corey Baird is at current the only RSL player to have played the position for the club for anything approaching consistent minutes.

It’s likely that Ramirez will play a backup role for the club as he develops, though if he turns out anything like Jefferson Savarino — signed at 20 years old from Venezuelan outlet Zulia — he could end up with minutes early on for the club.