Alexandre eager to ease RSL's scoring woes up top

Holding mid played striker in college, may get the call vs. Seattle

LEHI, Utah — Real Salt Lake are searching for answers at the forward
spot in the absence of their top four options, and Jean Alexandre may be
the leading option to step into the starting lineup.

Álvaro Saborío (Costa Rica) and Arturo Alvarez (El Salvador) have been
called up for Gold Cup duty, and Paulo Jr. and Fabián Espíndola are both
facing injuries, leaving the Haitian youngster Alexandre as perhaps the
main man when RSL host the Seattle Sounders (9 pm ET, Direct Kick, MatchDay Live).

“I like it,” Alexandre said of the striker position. “I played it in
college, but at this level you have to be a step faster than at the
college level. I’m ready for the opportunity.”

Alexandre joined RSL in 2009 via the 12th pick in the SuperDraft, after
having a prolific career at Lynn University in Florida. He scored 23
goals in the 2008 season after making a switch to center forward for his
senior campaign. 

“We’ve been working with him in the training sessions, and spending
time with him afterwards, and going through video,” heads coach Jason
Kreis said. “He’s certainly eager for that opportunity if that’s what we
choose.”

Alexandre has long been tabbed as a holding midfielder in the RSL
system, but he said Thursday he has no reservations about turning back
the clock to his college days.

“I feel comfortable,” he said. “I’m a team player and if the team needs
me to play forward, I’m going to play my best up top.  If it’s center
midfielder or in the back, I’m going to do my best, and it will be good
enough.”

Alexandre has, in fact, carried over some of his collegiate scoring
touch to the pro ranks. He scored four goals in nine games when RSL
loaned him out to the Austin Aztex in USL-1 in 2009.

“I played forward slash attacking midfield, and I did well over there,”
he said “It’s not a position that I’m foreign to. I kind of know what
I’m doing up there. I don’t feel any pressure. I’m just ready — no
nerves, no pressure.”