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Real Salt Lake in worldwide search

SoccerNews in MLS 13 Dec 2011

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MLS side Real Salt Lake have been forced to look abroad to strengthen their squad for the coming seasons.

RSL head coach Jason Kreis has been to South America and Europe in the past few weeks, while his assistant coaches have also spent recent weeks scouting the NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, general manager Garth Lagerwey is on a trip to Asia.

“The problem for us is never that we can’t identify players,” Lagerwey told ESPN700 Sports radio in Salt Lake City before his latest trip.

“The question is how do you find the right mix to (fit them) in your budgets? That’s the process that we go through.”

The decision-making process is expected to start after Christmas.

“We are gathering information right now,” Lagerwey said.

“As you know, (Kreis) was in South America, he’s in Europe right now.”

“I’m headed to Asia this week. So we are doing our globetrotting right now and then we will meet back in Utah in the end of December and assemble everything that we have gathered and look at our cap situation and we’ll try to start putting the puzzle together.”

The team needs to replace veterans Andy Williams and Robbie Russell (trade), as well as youngster Collen Warner.

That likely means a few midfielders and an outside back will be among the targets.

In addition, the technical staff seems focused on adding some speed, as pace seemed to be in short supply during 2011.

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