The Kansas City Wizards announced Tuesday that the team has traded the rights to midfielder Luis Gil to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an international roster spot, a 2011 2nd round SuperDraft pick, and 25 percent of any transfer fee, should a club outside of MLS purchase Gil's rights in the future.
Gil, a 16-year-old who starred for the United States' U-17 National Team last year, had attracted interest from many European clubs, including Arsenal FC and Real Madrid. However, last month Gil signed a contract with Major League Soccer with the understanding that his family's desire for him to begin his pro career with Real Salt Lake or Seattle Sounders FC would be accommodated.
As is standard procedure for Generation Adidas players that sign with the League after the MLS SuperDraft, the League allocated Gil's rights via a weighted lottery. Kansas City won yesterday's lottery with knowledge of the stipulations agreed upon by the League and its Competition Committee prior to Gil's signing. This afternoon, the Wizards accepted Real Salt Lake's trade proposal.