Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Real Salt Lake Acquires Abe Thompson via Waivers

SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, November 25, 2009) – On a day where teams are used to losing a player due to the MLS Expansion Draft, Real Salt Lake became the only other team besides the expansion Philadelphia Union to add to its roster by selecting Houston Dynamo FW Abe Thompson in this afternoon’s MLS Waiver Draft. Thompson was the only one of 11 available players plucked from the Waiver Draft today, which followed on the heels of Philadelphia’s selection of the first ten players to its roster that will begin play as the League’s 16th team in 2010.

Thompson comes to the newly-crowned MLS Cup champions after spending time with both the Kansas City Wizards and Houston Dynamo during the 2009 MLS campaign. The five-year MLS veteran has notched 15 goals and 12 assists in his 89 regular season appearances (40 starts), with his best season coming in 2007, when he tallied four assists and registered career-highs with five goals; 15 starts; 24 appearances; and 1,127 minutes played as a member of FC Dallas. Thompson was selected by the “Hoops” in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft’s second round following a standout collegiate career for the Maryland Terrapins from 2000-04. Thompson left College Park as the school’s all-time leader with 43 goals and 112 points to go along with 26 assists, numbers that twice earned him semifinalist status for the prestigious M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Award.

After failing to find the back of the net in eight games with the Wizards through this past September, Thompson ended up scoring the game-winning goal in his lone regular season appearance with the Dynamo, a 52nd minute tally in a 3-2 win at Chivas USA on the final day of League play on Oct. 25. Thompson would also make a pair of appearances for Houston in CONCACAF Champions League play, making his first Dynamo start and notching an assist on Sept. 22, in a 5-1 win against Árabe Unido (PAN) and coming off the substitute’s bench on Oct. 21, at Isidro Metapán (ELS) in a 2-3 defeat.

Abe Thompson

Position: Forward

Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 lbs.

Born: January 12, 1982 in Tucson, AZ

Hometown: Fairfax Station, VA

Citizenship: United States

College: Maryland

MLS Experience: Five Seasons (2005-2009)

Last Club: Houston Dynamo (2009)


RSL: Selected by Real Salt Lake in the MLS Wavier Draft from Houston Dynamo on 11/25/09

HOU: Acquired via trade from Kansas City in exchange for Kei Kamara on 9/15/09

KC: Acquired via trade from FC Dallas in exchange for allocation money on 9/05/08

DAL: Selected in the 2nd Round (16th overall) of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft on 2/04/05


Goals                           2 – Oct. 6, 2007; DAL @ CLB

Assists                         2 – Sept. 16, 2006; DAL @ RSL

Shots on Goal              2 – 6 times, last: May 10, 2008; KC @ RSL

Shots                           5 – 2 times, last: May 10, 2008; KC @ RSL

Fouls Committed         3 – 3 times, last: Oct. 11, 2008; KC v. NE

Fouls Suffered            2 – 9 times, last: Oct. 5, 2008; KC v. CHI