With an open roster spot, Real Salt Lake is turning to a former German Bundesliga player to potentially fill it.
Midfielder Sebastian Schindzielorz, who played most recently in the Greek second division, is training with RSL on a trial basis this week.
"He's got a decent resume and he's had a decent couple of days with us," said RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey.
The biggest reason for the trial is to evaluate Schindzielorz's athleticism. Lagerwey said he and coaching staff are waiting to see if he's fast enough and mobile enough to play in Major League Soccer.
Salt Lake has an open roster spot after trading Carey Talley to Chivas USA last month for a future draft pick. If all goes well with Schindzielorz's trial this week, Lagerwey said the club hopes to get started on his U.S. work visa as soon as possible so he's available to play when the summer transfer window opens on July 15.
Schindzierlorz, who claims German citizenship, has played for four different European clubs in his 10 year career. From 1997 to 2003 he was with VfL Bochum in Germany, a club that spent three of those years in the first division. He remained in Germany for his next three years at FC Koln, with the club playing in the first division for two of those three years.
The midfielder then made the move to Norwegian club Tippeliegan for one year before heading to Levadiakos in Greece last season.