[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Two days after MLS Cup 2012, teams can begin wheeling and dealing for 2013, and first out of the gate should be Real Salt Lake, signaling a
breakup of the team that won MLS Cup 2009 and it kept together ever since.
Soccer by Ives reported that RSL will deal 2011 MLS Defender of the Year Jamison Olave and Argentine forward Fabian Espindola to the New York Red Bulls and Canadian midfielder Will Johnson to the Portland Timbers, both for allocation money.
The moves will free RSL to begin rebuilding after its exit from the 2012 Western Conference semifinals when it didn't score in two games against Seattle. It can use the money to find a new striker. It already has 19-year-old Luis Gil set become a full-time starter in midfield and 25-year-old Chris Schuler, injured for much of 2012, should take over for Olave alongside Nat Borchers in the back.
Olave and Espindola give New York something it desperately needs -- experienced MLS players to fill its bare cupboards. Few players signed during the era of Eric Soler and Hans Backe are expected to return in 2013.
Johnson's signing would be the first since Caleb Porter took over as head coach after leaving Akron.