Real Salt Lake Signs GK Jeff AttinellaDecember 3, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Real Salt Lake
Attinella was selected by RSL in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. The University of South Florida product was released by the Claret-and-Cobalt prior to the 2011 season, joining the Tampa Bay Rowdies - then FC Tampa Bay - of the NASL days after leaving RSL.
Attinella had two successful seasons with the Rowdies, helping the team reach the playoffs in his first professional season in 2011 and starring in Tampa Bay's run to the NASL title in 2012. Attinella was named to the NASL Best XI in 2012, earned NASL Player of the Week honors five times and made three saves in the penalty shootout in the Rowdies' 2012 Soccer Bowl win over Minnesota Stars FC.
"Jeff's a talented young 'keeper coming off a great season in NASL," RSL GM Garth Lagerwey said. "We're excited to bring him back to the club."
Attinella's signing completes a busy day of moves for Real Salt Lake, which traded MF Will Johnson to Portland for allocation money, FW Fabian Espindola and DF Jamison Olave to New York for allocation money and FW Justin Braun to Toronto in exchange for DF Aaron Maund on Monday. RSL also declined contract options on GK Kyle Reynish, FW Paulo Jr., MF Jonny Steele and FW Emiliano Bonfigli on Monday.
RSL's current roster is attached. Players currently out of contract are not included on the attachment.
Player: Jeff Attinella
Date of Birth: Sept. 29, 1988
Birthplace: Clearwater, FL
How acquired: Signed on Dec. 3, 2012
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