SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake has concluded its two-day exit interview process, officially tying itself into the 2022 season, the most important offseason in the club’s history awaits.
Players and staff all spoke to the media and shared various opinions on where the club stands, how the club can improve ahead of the 2023 season and what is expected over the next few months.
Decisions on the pending list
Early Friday morning, general manager Elliot Fall and manager Pablo Mastroeni confirmed that decisions regarding certain players, either out of contract or with a team option, will not be final until November 11. Therefore, players like Bobby Wood, Tate Schmitt, Marcelo Silva, Nick Besler, among others, will probably have to wait a few more weeks before learning their fate.
Additionally, Fall noted that the club have no deadline to decide on Sergio Córdova’s future as he joined Real Salt Lake on loan without a ‘permanent transfer option’, suggesting he could stay at the club. Real Salt Lake on loan for that long. as Real Salt Lake and FC Augsburg deem appropriate.
Throughout the two-day exit interview process, all players admitted that the 2023 season must provide more goals than the 43 scored in 2022.
Danny Musovski, who recently joined the club from LAFC, shared an interesting quote when asked about the lack of goals.
“I saw a stat the other day that said LAFC scored 45 goals in the second half of matches in 2022 alone, I’m not even sure we (RSL) scored that many goals throughout the year. ‘year.”
Musovski is correct. Real Salt Lake managed to score only 43 goals on the year, while conceding 45 for a negative differential of two goals.
The ability to capitalize on opportunities created in the attacking third will be the focus of the offseason. Which attacking players will return and which attacking players will the club be looking to bring into the club?
Damir Kreilach will be a massive addition to the 2023 roster. Here’s the good news, for a minute injury was feared to end his career. This is not the case. Dami has been training with the Monarchs for the past 3 days, the 2023 season can’t come… pic.twitter.com/OUsvxZAB7r
—Tom Hackett (@TomCantHackett) October 21, 2022
More goals and aspirations for the home playoffs
Ultimately, the consensus among the gaming group is that the current core of the roster is good enough to succeed. However, additions to certain positions will only increase the level of competition and hopefully in turn produce a more competitive roster.
Real Salt Lake is no longer content to make the playoffs. In the previous two seasons under Mastroeni’s management, the club dropped out of the playoffs after the results of the last day of the regular season. The club is expected to stage a playoff game to further boost their chances of winning the MLS Cup.
The biggest off-season in club history
For now, the front office and coaching staff will continue to work in tandem when it comes to roster decisions. Then, the club will quickly turn their attention to the February transfer window.
Both Fall and Mastroeni have acknowledged that the upcoming transfer window will be crucial for the club to achieve great success in 2023. With a strong core of returning players, adding a few special players will likely be the difference between fighting for the MLS Cup in 2023 and has just entered the playoffs.
The upcoming off-season is arguably the most important in the club’s history. What will the Blitzer and Smith ownership group accomplish in its first offseason? Unfortunately, only time will tell.