2:43 AM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
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2014 RSL Soapbox Awards: Forward

Every year, RSL Soapbox hands out seven prestigious awards called the "RSL Soapbox Awards." Today, Joao Plata is featured as Forward of the Year. Kreg Asay: Can it be anyone other than Joao Plata?  The pint-sized power-plant took the biggest step-up in 2014 bettering his previous stats in all areas: 13 goals, 6 assists, more than half of his 56 shots taken were on goal; to top it off he made quite a few MLS defenders look like absolute fools with nutmegs, fakes and simply outracing them, not to mention the 2 header-goals from the shortest player in the league! Plata Highlight Reel Weston...
RSL Soapbox Dec 18, 2014

2014 RSL Soapbox Awards: Celebration of the Year

Every year, RSL Soapbox hands out seven prestigious awards known as the "RSL Soapbox Awards." This one is pretty easy - Celebration of the Year. Kreg Asay: RSL's July win over Montreal.  We got to see Luke Mulholland's attempt at  Joao Plata / Olmes Garcia's Ras-Tas-Tas on the his goal, then the actual RTT when Garcia scored assisted by Plata.  A close 2nd would be the team 'canoe' paddling vs DCU, followed by Cassar's air punch vs NYRB. Matt Montgomery: It's got to be the canoe paddling — or Luke Mulholland hitting that goal gong. We've had some cracking celebrations (that makes me...
RSL Soapbox Dec 16, 2014

RSL purchase Joao Plata's rights, new five-year contract in the works

Joao Plata looks set to remain at Real Salt Lake for at least the medium-term future, with the club purchasing his contract, RSL communications confirmed today. He'd previously been owned by multiple parties, which isn't uncommon among South and Central American players. Multiple party ownership involves one or more third parties having rights on a player — the club and the player being the other parties involve. It's something FIFA has taken a stand against in recent years, and the English Premier League and France's Ligue 1 ban it outright. Third-party ownership muddies the waters of a...