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RSL Soapbox Mar 26, 2015

Beckerman, Plata make RSL's designated player list; Saborio, Morales exit

Real Salt Lake's designated players got a new look with a new release this week, with Kyle Beckerman and Joao Plata making that list. Exiting the list are Alvaro Saborio and Javier Morales, both of whom were on the list last year, owing to salaries that peaked slightly above MLS's cap limit for so-designated players. Beckerman and Plata both signed new contracts during the MLS offseason, with Beckerman signing for three years and Plata signing for five. Plata enters the list as a "Young Designated Player," which is — or at least was — a salary cap designation for players below 23 years...
RSL Soapbox Mar 11, 2015

Why RSL missed Joao Plata against Portland, and how they can thrive without him

Joao Plata is almost certainly one of the more important players in Jeff Cassar's figurings in the newly deployed 4-3-3, despite never having played in it. His injury during the first day of training meant he didn't get a chance to get his feet wet in the setup, which was a bit of a shame — it's perfect for him, after all. He could play on either side of that 4-3-3, given his ability out wide, and he could — in a pinch — play at the top as a (and I hope this isn't a curse word yet) false nine. Some reasons we missed Plata follow, and they're certainly not comprehensive. You'll note...

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