by Max Jeppesen
At the end of May, RSL signed 27-year-old Argentine winger Jonathan Menéndez. The Bueno Aires native has spent most of his career with Independiente, one of the most prolific teams in Argentina. During his tenure as a member of Los Diablos Rojos, he scored six goals in 24 appearances. Most recently, Menéndez was on loan with Club Atletico Talleres, wherein he made 70 appearances with 20 goals and ten assists.
Menéndez plays a very similar style to former Real Salt Lake players like Joao Plata and Jefferson Savarino. All three are smaller players who are terrific at pressing the opposition while able to create chances.
So, what does this mean for RSL? What will be his role for the team? How will he fit with the team and with the other new signings?
Well, much like Bobby Wood, patience is the name of the game. During RSL’s last match at home versus LA Galaxy, we were able to see Jonathan Menedez on the bench for the first time. He made his first appearance in a substitution in the 72nd minute versus the Colorado Rapids last night.
Head coach Freddy Juarez is no stranger this season with changing his team’s formation and starting lineup. Throughout the season, he has changed his front three forwards six times. With Menendez and center-back Doni yet to have made their starting debuts, Juarez could make more changes to his starting lineups.