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Real Salt Lake’s Kwame Watson-Siriboe headed to NYCFC

Aug 11, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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Ahead of their 2015 debut in MLS, New York City FC has been putting together their roster in hopes of being a top competitor, with the signings David Villa and Frank Lampard.

At the same time, given the fact that stars willing to head over to MLS aren’t growing on trees, NYCFC needs standard MLS players to fill out the majority of their roster, and today, they acquired defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe, 27, for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. He has yet to play a game this season with Real Salt Lake, but while Jason Kreis, NYCFC’s current head coach, managed Salt Lake, Watson-Siriboe played 20 games over two years, 2012 and 2013.

“He is a player that was great to coach and I’m confident he will be able to contribute to the strength and shape of our back line as we continue to build towards our first game in March 2015,” Kreis said in a news release. “Kwame is the type of imposing central defender that is difficult to play against, adding him to the squad at this early point in our roster building process is fantastic.”

NYCFC will also have the Manchester City youth system at their disposal, allowed to take up to four players, and back in February, Kreis noted that he’s mostly looking at City’s U-18 and U-21 prospects.

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