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Real Salt Lake selects UCLA forward/midfielder in first round of MLS Supplemental Draft

Published January 17, 2012 12:22 pm
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After losing nine players in the off season, Real Salt Lake filled out its roster with four more players in Tuesday's 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.RSL had two first-round picks, using the No. 6 selection to grab midfielder/forward Andy Rose of UCLA. With the 17th pick of the first round, RSL drafted forward Emiliano Bonfigli of Manta FC (Argentina).With the 17th pick of the second round, RSL grabbed forward Oliver Kupe of Northwestern. In Round 3, RSL looked to San Martin, Peru for midfielder Benjamin Ubierna. RSL passed on its fourth-round selection. RSL, in the SuperDraft and Supplemental drafts, added seven players to its roster.Rose, 6-foot-2, First-team All-Pac-12 honoree in 2011, was also a second-team NSCAA All-Far West selection. The Bristol, England, native scored two goals and recorded three assists on the season while starting in all 24 games. The Bruins went 18-4-2 and lost to Louisville in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.Bonfigli has been labeled a young finisher who would not only provide an alternative to Fabián Espíndola and Álvaro Saborío, but would be welcomed by the RSL's Argentine contingent.Kupe, of Clarkston, Mich., appeared in 19 games, started 12 and led the team with eight goals. He scored the game-winner against Penn State in the 59th minute on Oct. 10, then later in the month clinched the Big Ten Conference championship with a goal.Ubierna, Universidad San Martin, is a long, technical player who is known for being good on the ball. He can also play three positions.These players join midfielder Enzo Martinez from North Carolin, RSL first-round selection in the MLS 2012 SuperDraft that was held Thursday.RSL also chose SMU defender Diogo de Almeida with the 24th pick, acquired in a trade with Chivas USA. Sebastian Velasquez, a high-scoring midfielder from Spartanburg Methodist College, was also taken in the second round.martyr@sltrib.comTwitter:@Rsltribune




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