Nat Borchers' contract extension is the big news.Real Salt Lake announced that they re-signed 2010 MLS Defender of the Year finalist Nat Borchers to a contract extension through 2014. Per club and league policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Once again, we couldn’t be more pleased that a key member of our squad has made a commitment to Real Salt Lake for the long-term,” said Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey. “Nat’s leadership qualities both on the field and in the locker room have been a vital part of our success and will continue to be in the seasons to come.”
Borchers, 29, played a huge part in RSL's record-breaking defense in 2010, one that allowed only 20 goals in 30 matches.
“I feel fortunate to have come to a long-term agreement with Real Salt Lake because I believe we have something very special happening with this team right now,” said Borchers. “Before these talks started I came to the club and told them that I didn’t want to play anywhere other than here, so I’m thankful we got a deal done and am looking forward to helping out the team in any way I can. We’ve got a lot of good years left in the core group we’ve locked up, so I couldn’t be more excited for the future of Real Salt Lake.”
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Union were able to secure the rights to forward Chris Agorsor, 21, in a weighted draft lottery held on Monday. The only other teams involved in the lottery were the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers.
A former Manchester United trainee, Agorsor has participated at the U-16. U-18 and U-20 levels of the U.S. National Team.
Peter Nowak's squad also announced the release of Argentine midfielder Eduardo Coudet. The veteran playmaker saw the field nine teams in 2010 for the Union and was deemed surplus to requirements heading into 2011.
The Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy added to their squads as the Dynamo signed keeper Evan Newton who they took in the first round of this year's Supplemental Draft. The Galaxy were slightly more active as they signed five from the SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft - Paolo Cardoza and Hector Jimenez (SuperDraft), Dan Keat, Ryan Thomas and Dustin McCarty (Supplemental).
To conclude the busy day, FC Dallas decided to waive forward Jason Yeisley. The second-year player made five appearances for the MLS Cup runners-up in 2010 after being drafted in the third round (38th overall) in last year's MLS SuperDraft.
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