On Saturday, Real Salt Lake were awarded the contract rights to forward Cody Arnoux in a lottery to distribute returning players.
Salt Lake landed the 22-year-old Arnoux despite having just a 5.4% chance of acquiring him in the weighted lottery. Salt Lake beat out Houston Dynamo (48.9% odds), Seattle Sounders FC (24.2%), Portland Timbers (1.6%) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (0.5%).
"We are very excited to have obtained the rights to this highly sought-after player, especially considering our slim chances," said Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey.
Arnoux, who has represented the United States at the U-15 and U-18 level, made the jump to Europe in 2009 after skipping the senior year of an otherwise standout college career at Wake Forest but failed to make an impact in England with Everton and on trial at Plymouth Argyle FC. He returned to North America in 2010 and signed a deal with the Whitecaps, then playing in the USSF D-2 Pro League, but the team was not able to retain his MLS rights because the Arnoux had previously turned down a contract offer from the league when he left school to join Everton.
Arnoux will be unable to train right away with Real Salt Lake as he is currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained in November, though he will likely be ready to play in March.
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