Real Salt Lake sign rookie Chris Estridge
Photo Credit: smackdowntay (smackdowntay.blogspot.com)
Real Salt Lake made their fist signing during the 2012 season Wednesday when they traded a 2013 conditional draft pick to Vancouver in exchange for rookie and former Wake Forest and Indiana outside back, Chris Estridge.
Estridge was let go by the Vancouver Whitecaps during the preseason. It wasn’t long until he showed up on the RSL recruitment radar! Real brought him in with a group of a few other trialists but ended up extending his trial. He featured in a few reserve league matches for the Claret and Cobalt and RSL was obviously impressed with something about him.
There’s not much to really know about Chris yet aside from his college career.
He started out playing for Wake Forest. In his first two seasons he played three different positions. Upon transfer to Indiana, Estridge became a shoe-in at outside back and played 42 games. His college days ended in the NCAA Tournament in a loss to eventual champions North Carolina.
Don’t expect him to be featuring too soon. He was a second round pick, which generally means he’s quite a stellar player. He’s essentially an extra second round pick rookie for Real Salt Lake. He’ll be in the same class as Enzo Martinez.
Hopes are high for the youngster!