Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake announced late Friday that it has
signed goalkeeper Josh Saunders and midfielder Khari Stephenson.
Saunders joins RSL after spending the last four seasons with the Los Angeles
Galaxy. The 31-year-old started both of the club's MLS Cup victories in 2011
and 2012 but departed the Galaxy after failing to agree to a new contract.
"We were surprised that Josh was available and we are happy to bring him in,"
Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey said. "We want to have
competition at every spot and I think we got to a point with our goalkeeping
situation where we hadn't had that. Signing Josh is key to changing that."
Stephenson signs with Real Salt Lake after spending the last two-and-a-half
seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, who did not pick up his contract after
last season. The 32-year-old had been training with RSL since the team's
January preseason camp.
"Khari is another player who we did not expect to be available and we feel
very fortunate that he was," Lagerwey said. "He's an attack-minded player who
is very physical and keeps the ball well. We think he'll be a very good fit in
Per league and club policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.
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