Five years ago, Real Salt Lake brought a young Argentinean striker into its side by the name of Fabian Espíndola … and now the Utah side is hoping it has unearthed a similar talent in his countryman, Emiliano Bonfigli. The lanky striker proved worth taking a flyer on in the MLS Supplemental Draft, and the 23-year-old showed more than enough finishing prowess during RSL’s opening preseason camp to earn a spot on the team’s forward depth chart. With a congested schedule ahead, expect Bonfigli to be firmly in the mix for the “spot starter” role up top alongside fellow “young guns” Paulo Jr. and Cody Arnoux.
Professional Career: Began professional career with Club Almargo of the Argentine Primera B Metropolitana, the regionalized third division of Argentina … Scored 16 goals in 13 contests (all starts) in Almagro’s 2010/11 campaign … Moved on to Manta F.C. of the Ecuadoran Serie A (first division) for the “second phase” of its 2011 season in August, notching a pair of assists across 18 appearances (7 starts).