Real Salt Lake hammered out a loan extension for 21-year-old striker Paulo Jr. this week. The Brazilian will stay with the club in Utah through the end of the 2011 MLS season, at which point RSL can utilize an option to buy him outright.
"We expect that, after a full preseason with the team, Paulo will be able to grow and develop, and we hope he is able to take a big step forward in helping RSL as we try to win the CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup in 2011," RSL general manager Garth Lagerway said in a release.
Paulo Jr. joined the club on loan from Miami FC in September to help the club through a congested fixture patch during the tail-end of the MLS season. His eight goals and four assists for the USSF D-2 Pro League side suggested to RSL staff that he could supplement the current crop of strikers, especially with Fabian Espindola injured at the time.
Now Paulo Jr. will join Espindola as one of the five internationals on the roster, with his three goals in two Champions League appearances convincing the club to keep the Brazilian around for a full season. The 21-year-old could also fill the void left by U.S. international Robbie Findley. The pacy forward recently signed a deal with Nottingham Forest after his contract with MLS expired.
Also on loan in 2010 was striker Alvaro Saborio. RSL has since tied the 2010 MLS newcomer of the year down with a permanent deal.
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