SALT LAKE CITY (Tuesday, July 2, 2008) - Real Salt Lake today announced that the club has waived MF Matias Cordoba, who was on loan from Argentina Primera División side Club Atletico Tigre. Should Cordoba clear waivers, the loan agreement between MLS and Club Atletico Tigre would be effectively terminated. With the transaction, Real Salt Lake now has two spots open on its 18-man Senior roster, both of which could be filled with international players heading into the summer MLS transfer window that opens on July 15.
"Anytime a player leaves his home country to come to the United States and play for Real Salt Lake we have to respect his courage in accepting the challenge of playing in a foreign environment. As in the rest of the natural world, sometimes adapting proves difficult," said RSL General Manager Garth Lagerwey. "We thank Matias for his unflagging hard work and dedication to our team during his time here and wish him the best as he moves on in his career."
The 23-year-old Cordoba joined Real Salt Lake on loan from Club Atletico Tigre in February. Cordoba served primarily off of the bench during his stint with Real Salt Lake, making two starts in seven appearances for the first team while totaling 173 minutes of action. Cordoba was an integral component to Real Salt Lake's MLS Reserve Division side, scoring five goals and registering three assists in just four contests. Cordoba had expressed interest in returning home to continue his playing career in his native Argentina.