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RSL trades defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe to NYCFC to make room for striker

By Aaron Morton, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Aug. 11 1:10 p.m. MDT

 Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe (3) and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens (26) fight for the ball during MLS action  in Sandy  Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe (3) and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens (26) fight for the ball during MLS action in Sandy Saturday, June 8, 2013.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Real Salt Lake has traded central defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe to New York City FC for a fourth-round draft pick in 2016.

The trade was first announced by RSL's Twitter account and later confirmed by a NYCFC news release.

After signing striker Sebastian Jaime from Union Espanola, of Chile's top soccer league, RSL needed to open up a roster spot, and Watson-Siriboe proved to be the odd man out.

Watson-Siriboe had not played at all during the 2014 season after playing in 19 games (17 starts) in 2012 and 2013. By going to NYCFC, he'll be reunited with former RSL coach Jason Kreis.

"He is a player that was great to coach, and I’m confident he will be able to contribute to the strength and shape of our back line as we continue to build towards our first game in March 2015," Kreis was quoted in the team's release. “Kwame is the type of imposing central defender that is difficult to play against, adding him to the squad at this early point in our roster building process is fantastic.”

Watson-Siriboe will become the expansion team's sixth player and second defender. With NYCFC not playing until the 2015 season, he'll likely be loaned out to a minor league club for the remainder of this season.

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