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The summer transfer window is closed shut. Kinda, sorta shut. Kinda, sorta closed. The window closed Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. MDT, but as seen in recent years, news of deals and paperwork filed before the window closed will invariably filter out publicly over the course of the coming days and weeks.
Clubs in Major League Soccer can still add out-of-contract players until the MLS roster freeze, which is Tuesday, Sept. 15 five weeks away. Don't forget: A year ago, the signing of RSL forward Sebastian Jaime wasn't made official until two days after the 2014 summer transfer window closed last August.
Possibilities for RSL remain up in the air. Deals could've been struck before the deadline closed Thursday (no confirmation from the club yet) and clubs have time to make headway with out-of-contract players worldwide.
With RSL in the midst of the longest road trip in club history back home for two days before jetting to Vancouver Friday afternoon roster changes will be a main talking point the remainder of this week, next week and maybe the week after that. Stay tuned.
I caught up briefly with Jeff Cassar, who said he eventually fell asleep at 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning after RSL returned from its six-day-long trip to Washington D.C. and Guatemala City at around midnight.
"You're starting to see what this team is capable of," Cassar said of the club's offensive performance at D.C. United and its defensive outing at Municipal Tuesday night.
Asked if he's ever seen a team concede six road goals one game and then notch a road shutout the next, Cassar chuckled.
"It was just a weird game. And it happens. You look around the league, there was five goals in another game, there were a lot of goals being scored. What I do like is the response from the guys. What I don't like about that game is having the lead 2-0 and then giving it up … We don't even have time to worry about that game. But what we did do is fix it and that's all you can ask for."
» Olave update: Cassar said Thursday RSL center back Jamison Olave is "about 85 percent" healthy. The 34-year-old defender has missed RSL's last 12 games across all competitions after suffering a quad injury against the Colorado Rapids on June 7.
Cassar said Olave recently returned from Mexico where he was receiving treatments on his quad injury.
"Olave is close," he said. "Probably about 85 percent, so not quite there. We're going to have a group of players staying back, getting some good training, some good fitness and a little bit of rest. I feel very confident with the team that we're going to put out there [Saturday in Vancouver]."
» Schuler update: An old injury has resurfaced for RSL's Chris Schuler. The injury-prone 27-year-old center back is once again dealing with lingering foot pain and soreness. In 2013, various stress fractures in his foot sidelined Schuler for four months. In 2012, a stress response makings of a stress fracture kept him out for three-and-a-half months.
Schuler missed 16 games in 2015 after undergoing meniscus surgery following a meniscus tear in his knee in warm-ups prior to RSL's April 18 home match against Vancouver. He returned to the starting lineup on July 11 at Colorado and again started three days later in RSL's 1-0 win over L.A. Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
"He still isn't running," Cassar said. "So until he can get to that point, he won't be available."
» Cassar on Gil's absence in Guatemala: Luis Gil was a healthy scratch Tuesday night in Guatemala City. The 21-year-old midfielder was not in the RSL 18. Cassar reiterated Thursday that it was a coach's decision.
"That was my decision. I had a good conversation with him," Cassar said. "He's going to be involved in this game [at Vancouver], and we're going to need him to step up. But I felt like the D.C. game where we needed him to come in and close it out and work hard, it was lacking the intensity."