RSL Takes Three Players in 2011 Supplemental Draft




RSL Selects University of South Florida Netminder with Draft’s 14th Overall Selection;

Utahans Also Take Penn State MF Andrew Cost and Gonzaga FW Nick Love


SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, January 18, 2011) – Real Salt Lake selected a player in all three rounds of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, which was conducted earlier today via conference call. RSL began the proceedings by plucking University of South Florida GK Jeff Attinella in the first round (14th overall) before selecting Penn State University MF Drew Cost (second round, 32nd overall) and Gonzaga University FW Nick Love (50th overall).

Attinella, Cost and Love will join the squad’s lone 2011 MLS SuperDraft selection from last Thursday, MF Jarad vanSchaik, and the rest of the 2011 edition of Real Salt Lake in Utah later this week before heading south to Casa Grande, Ariz., for the first of RSL’s two spring training camps during its brief 2011 preseason. Real Salt Lake will host its opening training camp this Sunday, Jan. 23 through Feb. 1 at the Grande Sports World training complex.

Fans can secure their seats now for both Real Salt Lake’s March 1 CONCACAF Quarterfinal Leg Two fixture against the Columbus Crew and its March 26 MLS home opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy via the “RSL 2011 2-Pack” (beginning at just $80) and the “RSL 2011 Flex 10-Pack” (beginning at $200). Both of these special ticket offers, in addition to RSL 2011 Season Ticket Packages, can be purchased online at, over the phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office during regular business hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. MT.

TRANSACTION: Real Salt Lake selects GK Jeff Attinella (14th overall), MF Drew Cost (32nd overall), and FW Nick Love (50th overall) in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.


Jeff Attinella

Attinella served as a three-year starter for South Florida, compiling an impressive 38-14-9 record, 0.76 goals against average, and 28 shutouts along the way. Attinella helped the Bulls to appearances in the NCAA Men’s College Cup tournament in each of the last three seasons, while his personal accolades include being named a NSCAA First-Team All-American and the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year during his junior campaign in 2009. The 22-year-old netminder, who has already graduated from South Florida with a degree in Communications, served a weeklong trial with Portuguese First Division side Uniao De Leiria in December before opting to test the waters domestically.

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6’ 2’’               Weight: 190 lbs.

Born: September 29, 1988

Hometown: Safety Harbor, Fla.

Citizenship: USA

College: University of South Florida

MLS Experience: Rookie

Last Club: University of South Florida (2007-2010)

Acquired: Selected in 1st Round (14th overall) of 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft on Jan. 18, 2011

Collegiate Stats at University of South Florida

Year                            Record     GA            GAA          Saves        Shutouts       

2007 (freshman)         1-1-0       1           0.50           5              1

2008 (sophomore)      14-4-2     14           0.68          58            10

2009 (junior)             14-4-3     18           0.83         101             7

2010 (senior)              9-5-4     15           0.78          64            10                   
Totals                        38-14-9      48             0.76          228             28       

Drew Cost

Cost wrapped up his collegiate career in Happy Valley by serving as a co-Captain for Penn State during its successful 2010 season, during which the Nittany Lions went 14-8-1 en route to a Third Round appearance in the NCAA Men’s College Cup. A four-year starter, the two-time Big Ten Second-Team honoree (2009 & 2010) and unanimous 2007 Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection tallied 10 goals and 10 assists from his central midfield spot, including a career-high three goals and five assists in 21 appearances (all starts) as a senior last fall. Cost, who will turn 22 years of age on January 31, was named a Big Ten All-Academic Team member in each of the last three years while working towards his degree in Economics.

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6’ 0’’               Weight: 170 lbs.

Born: January 31, 1989

Hometown: West Chester, Penn.

Citizenship: USA

College: Pennsylvania State University

MLS Experience: Rookie

Last Club: Pennsylvania State University (2007-2010)

Acquired: Selected in 2nd Round (32nd overall) of 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft on Jan. 18, 2011


Collegiate Stats at Pennsylvania State University

Year                            GP/GS      G         A  

2010 (senior)               21/21         3          5

2009 (junior)                21/20         3          2

2008 (sophomore)      18/13         2          0

2007 (freshman)         19/16         2          3   

Totals                         79/70         10        10


Nick Love

The 21-year-old Love concluded his four-year career for Gonzaga with nine goals and seven assists in 53 appearances (25 starts). Love would break out for the Bulldogs during his sophomore season in 2008, when a four-game scoring streak that coincided with his return from a thumb injury late in the season accounted for all his tallies. After enjoying another four-goal haul in 2009 and adding a career-high four assists along the way, Love would hit some struggles along with the rest of the Bulldogs in 2010, as his one goal and pair of assists in 14 appearances were tallied while Gonzaga sputtered to a 4-12-0 mark.

Position: Forward

Height: 5’ 11’’             Weight: 175 lbs.

Born: August 2, 1989

Hometown: Kaneohe, Hawai’i

Citizenship: USA

College: Gonzaga University

MLS Experience: Rookie

Last Club: Gonzaga University (2007-2010)

Acquired: Selected in 3rd Round (50th overall) of 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft on Jan. 18, 2011


Collegiate Stats at Gonzaga University

Year                            GP/GS      G         A  

2010 (senior)               14/13         1          2

2009 (junior)                18/10         4          4

2008 (sophomore)      16/2           4          1

2007 (freshman)         5/0             0          0   

Totals                         53/25         9          7 / /