RSL Acquires Money, Pick From Vancouver For Córdova‘s Rights

Feb 20, 2023, 8:00 AM | Updated: 9:22 am

SALT LAKE CITYReal Salt Lake announced that the club has traded the rights to former forward Sergio Córdova to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for money and a draft pick.

The Major League Soccer club announced the transaction on Monday, February 20.

RSL’s deal with Vancouver can potentially landed the Utah-based team $300,000 total General Allocation Money in addition to the Whitecaps’ first round pick in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft.

Vancouver will send Real Salt Lake a guaranteed amount of $200,000 in return for Córdova‘s rights. The Whitecaps are potentially on the hook for another $100,000 in incentives toward RSL.

Real Salt Lake opens its 2023 schedule on the road in Vancouver on Saturday, February 25.

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During his time at Real Salt Lake, Córdova won the 2022 Golden Boot following a season with 11 goals in 34 matches. Córdova enjoyed his loan spell in Major League Soccer where he was clearly one of the most talented and gifted players on the pitch at any given time.

Córdova partnered with Bobby Wood to begin the season where the two quickly showcased their ability to dissect and punish opposing backlines. However, Wood struggled to remain healthy and was booked into midseason abductor surgery that concluded his season. Despite the loss, Córdova continued to hunt for more goals and soon found another partner at the point of the attack in fellow countrymen Jefferson Savarino.

Córdova struggled with his confidence while at Real Salt Lake. It was evident throughout the season. His body language was an indicator to how he was feeling, as is so often the case with most players. During spells of poor form, Córdova did not shy away from dropping his head.

Regardless, the season loan for Córdova at Real Salt Lake was a success. The 6’2″ target man proved to be a serious threat in front of goal for Real Salt Lake.

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RSL Acquires Money, Pick From Vancouver For Córdova‘s Rights