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Real Salt Lake: Robbie Findley won't return next year

Published: Monday, Nov. 22 2010 11:29 p.m. MST

Robbie Findley won't be back with Real Salt Lake next season.

General manager Garth Lagerwey made the announcement in a press release statement Monday, revealing that Findley has informed the team he has offers overseas and will be pursuing those in the next step of his career.

"We respect his decision and thank him for his immensely valuable contributions to Real Salt Lake, as we could not have won a championship without him," said Lagerwey. "We wish Robbie the best of luck with his future endeavors."

Findley's contract with MLS expires at the end of the year. He finishes his Real Salt Lake career with 23 goals and 13 assists. Highlights include his game-tying goal in last year's MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and leading the team with 12 goals in 2009.

Despite being named to the 2010 U.S. National Team for the World Cup, Findley never fulfilled his lofty expectations at RSL with five goals and four assists in 24 games. He was used mostly as a substitute in the final few months of the season.

With Findley's announcement, Real Salt Lake did not include him on the list of 11 players it is protecting for this Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft. Portland and Vancouver join the league in 2011, and they'll begin assembling their team in the two-team, 10-round draft.

The 11 players RSL is protecting are: goalkeeper Nick Rimando; defenders Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave and Chris Wingert; midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Will Johnson and Javier Morales; forwards Fabian Espindola, Paulo Junior and Alvaro Saborio.

Luis Gil, 17, is automatically protected as member of the Generation adidas program.

The expansion draft will be held at noon on Wednesday, and will be streamed live at mlssoccer.com.

The players left unprotected are: goalkeepers Tim Melia and Kyle Reynish; defenders David Horst, Rauwshan McKenzie, Robbie Russell and Chris Schuler; midfielders Jean Alexandre, Nelson Gonzalez, Ned Grabavoy, Alex Nimo, Collen Warner and Andy Williams; and forwards Pablo Campos and Findley.

Portland will draft first in each round. Once either team selects a player from Real Salt Lake's unprotected list, it can then move another player back to its protected list. The maximum number of players any MLS team can lose in the expansion draft is two.

In the Philadelphia expansion draft last year, Real Salt Lake didn't lose a player — even though it did trade back-up keeper Chris Seitz to Philadelphia on the day of the expansion draft.

Notable names on other teams' unprotected list that Portland and Vancouver might be intrigued by are Dallas' Dax McCarty, Chicago's John Thorrington, Columbus' Adam Moffat and San Jose's Arturo Alvarez.

e-mail: jedward@desnews.com

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