NYCFC acquire defender Watson-Siriboe from RSL

08/11/2014 5:14 PM

08/11/2014 5:20 PM

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Expansion side New York City FC continued its roster construction on Monday as the club acquired defender Kwame Watson- Siriboe from Real Salt Lake.

In exchange for Watson-Siriboe, NYCFC surrendered their natural fourth-round selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Watson-Siriboe, 27, made 19 total appearances for Real Salt Lake in 2012-13, but has yet to appear in a game for RSL this season. He suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last June and missed the second half of the 2013 season, and hasn't played for the first team since.

Watson-Siriboe is the sixth player to sign for former RSL head coach Jason Kreis at NYCFC, and the second with RSL ties added to the roster. Goalkeeper Josh Saunders -- who served as the club's backup last year -- was picked up last month.

"I am really happy to be able to continue my work with Kwame from my time at Real Salt Lake," Kreis said in a statement. "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.

"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."

"I would like to thank Kwame for his two years with Real Salt Lake," RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey added in a club statement. "Kwame has been a fantastic representative for the club both on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck in his new venture with New York City FC."

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