At the request of Matias Cordoba, Real Salt Lake has parted ways with the 23-year-old Argentine midfielder.

Following Monday's training session, one in which RSL coach Jason Kreis said Cordoba trained very hard, Cordoba approached the coaching staff and said he wanted to return to Argentina.

"I knew he was unhappy and he wanted more playing time. I think he's going back to Argentina to play," said Kreis. "We've stated all along we want to be a player-friendly organization. We've said from day one we want players who want to be here, and we don't want players who don't want to be here."

Cordoba had appeared in seven matches for RSL this year, including two starts in late June while Andy Williams was away with the Jamaican National Team. In his 173 minutes, Cordoba failed to record a goal or an assist.

"We're not talking about a proven Argentine player, either; he's still young and he doesn't have a boat load of first-team games, either, down there, so I think he's still a developing prospect," said Kreis.

With Cordoba's departure, RSL now has three vacant roster spots on its 28-man roster. The other two were created when Carey Talley was traded to Chivas USA and Nik Besagno was loaned to the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division.

The MLS transfer window opens on July 15, and Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey said he and the coaching staff will leave no stone unturned to try and increase the team's talent level.


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