Real Salt Lake is on a mission as they prepare for the 2018 season. As the off-season continues to roll on and RSL prepares to travel inter-state for practice matches, Craig Waibel and his staff continue to work rigorous hours as they attempt to bring more and more talent onto the roster.
The latest edition is goalkeeper Alex Horwath. Horwarth, 30, has been a journeyman throughout his professional career. In 2012 he had 1 appearance for the New York Red Bulls when Mike Petke was an assistant coach for the club. He then proceeded to jump from the USL to a Swedish Second Division team to a Norweigan first division side to now landing in Salt Lake City.
Horwath will act as a backup keeper to club legend Nick Rimando, or at least that sounds like the plan. The competition for back up keeper duties will be held between Horwath and Connor Sparrow. On September 11, 2017, Sparrow, 23, was promoted from the Real Monarchs to the 1st team.
IT’S RUMOR TIME:
Pablo Ruiz. Remember that name. A Chilean radio station located in Quillota has been reporting that the 19-year-old Argentinian midfielder, Pablo Ruiz, is expected to sign with Real Salt Lake. Maddie Lee from the Salt Lake Tribune confirmed reports regarding Pablo Ruiz…
I can confirm that RSL is close to adding 19-year-old Argentinian midfielder Pablo Ruiz to its roster. The final paperwork just has to be processed, according to a league source. https://t.co/mDiyN5xddI
— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) January 30, 2018
Unfortunately, we know very little about Ruiz, but, I can tell you that he took part in the 2015 U-17 World Cup with Argentina and has recently been playing with San Luis de Quillota, a club in Chile’s top flight division. This season for San Luis he has 1 assist to his name.