So on the last day to make roster moves, RSL made a move that nobody saw coming. They signed David Viana who had been with Atletico Madrid C (their reserve team) for the past year, but had spent time training with the first team. He had to return to Europe to get his paperwork in order and it is my understanding that his Work Visa is done and now they are just waiting on his ITC (International Transfer Certificate). It is my understanding that he should be ready to go on Oct. 10th when RSL’s reserve side will take on Houston’s reserves in a make up match. Then with so many players being gone on call ups (Beckerman, Johnson, Saborio, Gil, and maybe Rimando) and the injury of Ned Grabavoy, he could make the trip to Seattle for the match against the Sounders on Oct. 17th.
A lot of people wondered why a promising young player would leave Europe and come to MLS? It is a great question, it is my understanding that the move was about two things: He wanted to go somewhere he could play, and his agent believed it was a perfect fit with RSL. On thing was made really clear this week, it wasn’t a move made for the money. When the MLS Players Union released their latest salary information, we can see that David will make under $50,000 this year. To me that speaks volumes about the motivation level of this young player to not only try to get minutes, but to make a difference.
As you watch this video keep your eyes open for #42 the number David Viana, this footage is from RSL’s 1-0 win in reserve action at Sporting Kansas City:
David has chosen to wear the number 25 for Real Salt Lake and with RSL deep into their season both in MLS and in CONCACAF Champions League, it actually isn’t that hard to understand why a player might want to come and play here. RSL has qualified for the MLS playoffs each of the last 5 seasons, RSL tends to play a style that features a lot of action for our midfielders, with precision passing and tons of possession. Add in our success in the 2010/11 Champions League and a roster that is aging, all of a sudden getting a young player who has played professional in Europe and at the youth levels for the Portugal National team, doesn’t seem like so much of a stretch.
So I think the answer to the question of “Could David Viana make an immediate impact for RSL?” is yes, with injuries, national team call ups, and a player with plenty of experience, yes he could make an immediate impact. We know that RSL head coach Jason Kreis tends to not rush new players into action unless needed, but as we have seen more this year than ever before he has been willing to turn to new players like Sebasitian Velasquez, Jonny Steele, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, and Kenny Mansally when needed and I think David might be able to provide a nice boost to the RSL roster heading into a critical time of the season.
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