Monday, February 2, 2009

Escalada and Others to Join RSL in Camp

As reported first on Keepin' it Real, Luis Miguel Escalada is coming to join the team. The surprise? According to Behind the Shield, he'll be coming "in the next couple of weeks". In addition, previously mentioned El-Khalifi, Owusu-Ansah, and goalkeeper Steve Clark will be joining the team. In addition, Jorginho Paulista will be coming aboard after a career in high profile leagues.

Speaking of new faces, the team will have several guys that will join us for training over the next couple of weeks. Take a look below to get a glimpse of who they are…

Luis Miguel Escalada - Coming in after stints with Argentine powers Boca
Juniors and Ecuadorian sides LDU Quito and Club Sport Emelec, Escalada is a
22-year-old striker from Ceres, Santa Fe, Argentina. He has scored 47 goals over
93 professional appearances.

Rachid El-Khalifi - A veteran left-sided midfielder El Khalifi has spent
his entire career in his native Netherlands, scoring 29 goals over 9
professional seasons.

Steve Clark - A 6′2″ goalkeeper out of Oakland University (that’s Oakland
University in Michigan for those who are interested) Clark spent four years,
including three as a starter, at Oakland. Led the Grizzlies to a pair of Summit
League championships and NCAA tournament appearances while garnering
back-to-back all-league honors and a 2008 Defensive Player of the Year award.

Jorginho Paulista - Coming to RSL with an impressive resume that includes
stints in Italy’s Serie A (Udinese), Dutch power PSV Eindhoven, Boca Juniors,
and Brazilian powers Vasco da Gama and Sao Paulo, the 28-year-old Paulista is a
talented left-sided player who can play on both the backline and in the

Kennedy Owusu-Ansah - 19-year-old native of Canada, Kennedy Owusu-Ansah
joins RSL from German side Hertha Berlin. He is a talented defender who has an
interesting connection to RSL’s current roster - he joined midfielder Will
Johnson in representing Canada at the 2007 U-20 World Cup.

UPDATE: Viveros is working through visa issues. Expected to join later this week.

UPDATE #2: Escalada en route. Expected to be in SoCal tomorrow with team.