Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rachid El Khalifi On Trial w/ RSL Next Week

Rachid (alt. Rachied) El Khalifi, a left-sided attacking player from Dutch 2nd Division (Eerste Divisie) SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden will be on trial with Real Salt Lake next week for half of a week according to this article or 10 days according to this one. El Khalifi is a regular starter for the "A" team of the Dutch club. He is typically a left-sided winger/striker, but can also play on the right-side. The player is currently under contract, but this will expire at the end of the season.

EDIT: Confirmed - he will be with the team from Feb 2nd - 11th in California.

RACHID EL KHALIFI, M/F, Rotterdam, 6'0", 157 lbs

DOB: 6/16/1979
Last Club: SC Cambuur, Dutch 2nd Division

Note: from the clips below I found myself trying to compare him to Espindola. I didn't see the finishing or tenacity that Espy was able to bring, but the speed, footwork and delivery of the ball into the box appeared quite nice (although keep in mind that these are highlight clips)

Rachid El Khalifi from casal52 on Vimeo.

Rachid El Khalifi part 2 from casal52 on Vimeo.