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Highlight Video: New RSL forward Joao Plata

30 January 1:55 pm

Highlight Video: New RSL forward Joao Plata

By Sam Stejskal

Real Salt Lake added forward Joao Plata on Wednesday morning, sending a 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round pick to Toronto in exchange for the Ecuadorian attacker. 

The diminuitive Plata, who had 10 goals and nine assists in 52 career games across all competitions with TFC, will bring a bit of a different element to the RSL attack, with his pace and trickery sure to give opposing defenders fits in 2013. Plata was awarded the 2011 George Gross Memorial Trophy after being named the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship MVP. 

Plata featured three times for Toronto against RSL, playing the first half in RSL's 3-1 home win over TFC on June 25, 2011, going the full 90 - and scoring the winning goal, see video above - in the Reds' 1-0 win over RSL on Aug. 13, 2011 and coming off the bench for 22 minutes in RSL's 3-2 home win against Toronto on April 28 of last year.