RSL Signs Russell

RSL Signs Russell

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 23, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • Robbie Russell, Summer Transfers

Probably a move that not too many people outside of Utah know about or even care about for that matter. But Real Salt Lake have added some more depth to their midfield today by signing Robbie Russell from Viborg in Denmark.

The 28-year-old is expected to join the team in the next day or two, and be available for RSL’s next league game, against Toronto at home on Monday.

I mentioned Russell on a possible move to MLS back in June. He was originally drafted by the Galaxy after his days in college with Duke, but he decided to not sign with the club and pursue work elsewhere in Europe.

I like this move for RSL because Russell is a very fast guy that will give this club some options on the wings and through the middle of the pitch. He’s one of those guys that is eager to take on people and should be a solid addition to this club as they push for the playoffs here.

RSL fans, is this the guy you’ve been wanting this summer?

  • MattC

    Well RSL has two open roster spots and has promised to fill them in the transfer window. They had their trialists in a few weeks ago, apparently including Russell, but were very secretive about who they were working out.<br />
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    The fans, and the brass for that matter, are pretty much in agreement that RSL needs a winger and a forward. I have not actually seen Russell play so I don't know if he will be the wide attacking player that we need but if so then expect RSL to follow it up with a Striker signing. I have actually heard rumors that RSL fans can expect an announcement on the other signing by the end of the week. I personally really wanted Reinaldo who was playing in Austrialia but apparently he turned down MLS for the Japanese league. Don't even get me started on how MLS hurts its teams in transfers and international competitions with its insane roster rules and stupidly low salary cap.<br />
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    Back to RSL and its future. IMO, RSL has the best center back duo in the league with Olave and Borchers and it isn't even close. The problem is that RSL only has central midfielders. Playing Kovalenko and Beckerman at the same time makes us too defensive. Duechar needs service but has nobody to get him the ball. A quality finisher and a skilled wide player could quickly make RSL a real title contender. I know that seems laughable to most but RSL really does play quality soccer and usually outshoots its opponent by wide margins.

  • MattC

    Well RSL has two open roster spots and has promised to fill them in the transfer window. They had their trialists in a few weeks ago, apparently including Russell, but were very secretive about who they were working out.

    The fans, and the brass for that matter, are pretty much in agreement that RSL needs a winger and a forward. I have not actually seen Russell play so I don’t know if he will be the wide attacking player that we need but if so then expect RSL to follow it up with a Striker signing. I have actually heard rumors that RSL fans can expect an announcement on the other signing by the end of the week. I personally really wanted Reinaldo who was playing in Austrialia but apparently he turned down MLS for the Japanese league. Don’t even get me started on how MLS hurts its teams in transfers and international competitions with its insane roster rules and stupidly low salary cap.

    Back to RSL and its future. IMO, RSL has the best center back duo in the league with Olave and Borchers and it isn’t even close. The problem is that RSL only has central midfielders. Playing Kovalenko and Beckerman at the same time makes us too defensive. Duechar needs service but has nobody to get him the ball. A quality finisher and a skilled wide player could quickly make RSL a real title contender. I know that seems laughable to most but RSL really does play quality soccer and usually outshoots its opponent by wide margins.