Marlon Rojas is a mainstay in the Trinidad & Tobago national team lineup.
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Rojas officially joins Real Salt Lake

against Mexico and St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- and part of a third due to an ankle injury. Rojas played a full 90 minutes on Feb. 9 against the United States, picking up a yellow card but not making a real difference as the Soca Warriors fell 2-1 to the USA.

If Ellinger uses Rojas as Brenes was used last season by Bob Bradley with the MetroStars, he would likely play on the left side of the midfield, where he would add to an already potent attack that includes Jamaican international midfielder Andy Williams, U.S. international striker Clint Mathis and the league's all-time leading scorer, striker Jason Kreis. If Ellinger instead uses Rojas as T&T national team manager Bertille St. Clair uses him, he would complete a very talented starting defensive unit.

Veteran U.S. international Eddie Pope serves as the anchor of Ellinger's back line, and Brian Dunseth, another recent arrival to the Wasatch Front, is likely to be Pope's partner in the middle. Rojas seems to be a good candidate to fill the left back spot, but with Evan Whitfield, Matt Behncke, Nelson Akwari and Rusty Pierce all in the mix, Ellinger may choose to liven up his midfield with Rojas' tenacity.

Prior to joining RSL, Rojas spent his entire professional career in his home country, having spent time with Superstar Rangers, Police FC and Joe Public, with whom he won the T&T Pro League title in 2004. Rojas played college soccer at both St. John's University and the University of Tampa, winning the Division II national title at the latter in 2001. He spent time with D.C. United in 2003, but departed prior to the start of the regular season.

Rojas is the fifth international to join RSL in advance of its inaugural campaign. Pope, Mathis, Williams and Zimbabwean forward Dipsy Selolwane are the others.

Jason Halpin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

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