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Real Salt Lake adds more Argentine flavor
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, August 9th, 2014 12:51AM
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TAGS:  fc dallas, mls, real salt lake, vancouver whitecaps


[MLS TRANSACTIONS] If forward Sebastian Jaime proves to be as successful for Real Salt Lake as a couple of its previous Argentine signings, he'll be a valuable addition.

Jaime, 27, comes to MLS from Union Espanola of the Chilean Primera Division, for which he played for scored 39 goals in 124 appearances during four seasons. He will help fill the void left by a long-term injury to Costa Rican international forward Alvaro Saborio and follows a pair of noted countrymen -- playmaker Javier Morales and ex-RSL forward Fabian Espindola-- to the Claret-and-Cobalt. He will be officially added to the roster once he is issued a P-1 visa.

 “When we lost Alvaro Saborio for a long period of time, we knew we had to consider all our attacking options,” said RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey of the foot fracture that knocked the Costa Rican off his nation's World Cup squad. “We had scouted Sebastian Jaime going back to 2012 and decided now was the right time to bring him in. We are excited to add a versatile player like Jaime who can comfortably play in either forward role in our system.

"Jaime has completed preseason in Chile and played 90 minutes in each of Union Espanola’s first three league games so we expect him to be able to contribute immediately. He is a hard-working player that we expect will be a good fit with our locker room and our community and we hope our fans will welcome him enthusiastically."

The native of La Plata started his pro career in 2008 with Argentine club Defensores de Cambaceres, and after one season left to play for Argentinos Juniors. Two seasons with the Buenos Aires club led to his move to Chile. Last year, he helped Union Espanola win the league title and the Supercopa de Chile.

The announcement comes two days after the end of the MLS secondary transfer window. In other late moves ...

-- Following Jay DeMerit's retirement, Vancouver got help at center back as the 'Caps acquired 6-foot-5 Costa Rican Kendall Waston from Saprissa. Waston, who was on the Ticos' 30-player short list for the World Cup, will compete with Irishman Andy O'Brien, Honduran Johnny Leveron and Trinidadian Carlyle Mitchell for playing time.

-- FC Dallas also picked up defensive help with the addition of 24-year-old Paraguayan Walter Cabrera on loan from General Diaz, which he helped earn promotion to the Paraguayan First Division.

-- Chivas USA acquired 29-year-old forward Luis Bolanos, who has 11 caps for Ecuador, on loan from Ecuador’s LDU Quito. He most recently played on loan to Argentina’s San Martin.

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