Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak (11) and his teammates celebrate after scoring a Rusnak goal as they and the Seattle Sounders play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. RSL won 3-0. (Photo by Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The primary Major League Soccer transfer window is open today and will run until May 4th.
Real Salt Lake can now dry the ink on acquisitions that will hopefully improve the roster in 2021.
Without question, RSL knows that there are position groups that need some tender love and care. Depth at the left defender, another center back and a striker are all position requirements for RSL and his front office in this transfer window.
Additionally, RSL is likely to do without replacing former player-designate Sam Johnson as the club has no owners.
Under Dell Loy Hansen, the club was incredibly thrifty when it came to buying players. Hansen’s main focus and priority was the academy and the future of the club, not necessarily the present.
Even so, thanks to General Manager Elliot Fall, the club put a large chunk of the money aside, knowing there would be a time to spend it.
That time is now.
RSL can return to the playoff picture in 2021 without winning any particular player. Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money can instead be used to buy numerous high quality players that make an impact.
Damir Kreilach, for example, was signed to Targeted Allocation Money. Nedum Onuoha was signed without a TAM or GAM.
The world is full of talented soccer players who, if found, could make a difference at RSL.
The next three months are crucial for RSL’s success in 2021, a good transfer window and the club can quickly return to the top of the Western Conference. But a poor performance and many key figures in the club will have their heads on the chopping block.