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Saunders, Stephenson sign with RSL

10:13 AM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Real Salt Lake announced late Friday that it has signed goalkeeper Josh Saunders and midfielder Khari Stephenson.

Saunders joins RSL after spending the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 31-year-old started both of the club's MLS Cup victories in 2011 and 2012 but departed the Galaxy after failing to agree to a new contract.

"We were surprised that Josh was available and we are happy to bring him in," Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey said. "We want to have competition at every spot and I think we got to a point with our goalkeeping situation where we hadn't had that. Signing Josh is key to changing that."

Stephenson signs with Real Salt Lake after spending the last two-and-a-half seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, who did not pick up his contract after last season. The 32-year-old had been training with RSL since the team's January preseason camp.

"Khari is another player who we did not expect to be available and we feel very fortunate that he was," Lagerwey said. "He's an attack-minded player who is very physical and keeps the ball well. We think he'll be a very good fit in our system."

Per league and club policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

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