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SALT LAKE CITY -- Real Salt Lake finally has information about one of its soccer players thought to be in Haiti during the devastating earthquake there Tuesday. It's believed Jean Alexandre is at his home in South Florida.
John Koluder, assistant director of media services for Real Salt Lake, said that they had been trying to reach midfielder Alexandre by phone ever since the quake because he is from Haiti. Then Wednesday night the team got word that Alexandre had been able to get online."He updated his Facebook status yesterday. The beauty of that is social media is helping us assuage our fears in this situation," Koluder said.
The Facebook posting reads "please keep Haiti in your prayers and my family."
Koluder said he imagines the phone lines have probably been jammed and they hated to start thinking the worst.
Now they want to get in touch with Jean to see if the rest of his family is OK and to see what he needs. They are working on an organized effort as a team right now.
Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts told KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright, "There's a lot of concern about Jean and his family. We drafted him a couple years ago. He's a young player who hasn't been on the pitch much for us but has great great possibilities."
Checketts says Alexandre's father lives in Miami and was on a two week visit to members of his family in Haiti.
"We have not made contact with his father, but there are many reasons why that could be and we are not going to jump to any conclusions here," Checketts said.
"We're going to surround Jean and do all we can not only in Haiti but also to help him and his family," he said.