Real Salt Lake traded the rights of forward Jordan Cila to the MetroStars on Wednesday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in Thursday's MLS Supplemental Draft.
"We wish Jordan Cila the best as he returns home to New York," said RSL general manager Steve Pastorino. "With all of our offseason moves, it became apparent that it would be a long shot for him to make our senior roster, so I am glad we could accommodate his desire to have the entire preseason to prove himself somewhere else."
Cila, 23, played in 12 games for RSL last year, scoring three goals. The New York native spent his first professional season with Colorado in 2004.
In Thursday's supplemental draft, RSL used its fourth-round pick to select Chris Lancos, a University of Maryland defender.
In the first round, Salt Lake drafted New Mexico forward Jeff Rowland, a 2005 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, with the second overall pick in the draft. Rowland recorded 16 goals and four assists for the Lobos in 2005.
In the second round, RSL selected Connecticut defender Willis Forko, who led the Huskies to back-to-back Big East championships.
Virginia Tech keeper Chase Harrison was selected in the third round.
Heading into training camp, which gets under way on Feb. 1 in Bradenton, Fla., roster has 35 players on its roster, seven over the league maximum of 28.
ENDLINES: RSL general manager Steve Pastorino will be in Ogden tonight to help the Ogden Outlaws announce their participation in the United Soccer Leagues