Thursday, January 14, 2010

Real Salt Lake Trades Mathis & Picks Collen Warner


Real Salt Lake has traded Clint Mathis and their 1st round pick (#16) to the LA Galaxy for the LA Galaxy’s 1st round pick (#15) and their 3rd round pick in 2011. 

With the #15 pick, Real Salt Lake selected Collen Warner, the 21 year-old midfielder/forward from the University of Portland.  He can play the right wing or centrally. Warner was thought of as a potential “sleeper” pick, but was often listed in


the middle to the end of the second round.  The website, Pro Player Pipeline, had him ranked as the #13 player overall.

Mathis has had a strong relationship with Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, through his time with the USMNT and with the New York Red Bulls.

Mathis had also settled in Southern California prior to coming to Real Salt Lake.

Warner was recently described as quick and dangerous, with a good passing touch.  He trained with the Liverpool Youth Academy.

Warner finished this season at Portland with 9 goals and 7 assists.