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RSL announces Espindola, Davies captures

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Ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday, Real Salt Lake made two player acquisitions, re-acquiring forward Fabian Espindola and winning the rights to defender Kyle Davies in a lottery.

Davies is an under-20 U.S. national-team defender who most recently played for English club Southampton. His rights were allocated to RSL in a lottery by Major League Soccer.

Espindola, he of the botched backflip that injured his ankle, played with RSL in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, appearing in 24 games. He notched seven goals for the club in that time. The 23-year-old Argentine moved to Venezuelan club Deportivo Anzoategui after his contract was not picked up in the 2009 season, however, the Salt Lakers have reversed that decision and decided to bring Espindola back into the fold.

The club awaits an ITC and clearance for Venezuela, but did not have an estimate on how long that would take.

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"Davies is another good young player to add to our stable talent, and Espindola is a proven striker we've had in our past, so we're really excited about both additions," general manager Garth Lagerwey told

Lagerwey also confirmed that, as the roster stands currently, RSL won't have to make any cuts to accommodate the players. Neither of the new additions is expected to participate in RSL's match against the New York Red Bulls this weekend.