LEHI, Utah – Real Salt Lake made one move on the eve of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals showdown with the Columbus Crew on Monday, releasing Brazilian forward Pablo Campos.
Campos, 27, was acquired via trade with San Jose in the 2009 season, but failed to make a lasting impact. He scored two goals and registered four assists in 27 appearances with Real Salt Lake, but found himself as the fourth option off the bench behind fellow Brazilian Paulo Jr.
The move was done primarily due to salary considerations as the team continues to lock down its budget for the upcoming season. Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey has indicated that the club will likely carry only 18 or 19 players of the allowable 20-man senior roster into the season.
In addition, he expects to have four “apprentice” or “off-budget” players and one or two Home Grown players once the roster has been fully rounded out.
Campos will be eligible for the upcoming waiver draft, which is scheduled to take place Wednesday.
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