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Real Salt Lake sign Sergio Cordova on loan from FC Augsburg

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Cordova has struggled for goals during his time in Germany.
Cordova has struggled for goals during his time in Germany. / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Real Salt Lake have completed the signing of Venezuelan forward Sergio Cordova on loan from FC Augsburg for the 2022 MLS season, the club announced Thursday.

Cordova, 24, is RSL's first signing under new owners David Blitzer and Ryan Smith since they took control of the club in January.

“Bringing Cordova to Salt Lake was amongst our top priorities when we began discussing potential options for 2022,” general manager Elliot Fall said in a press release. “We’ve seen him excel with Venezuela, both as a youth and senior national team member, and during his Bundesliga ascension as well. 

“Cordova provides additional versatility to our attack, service from the wings, the ability to go at opponents and lethal finishing. He immediately makes us deeper with his quality, providing intensity, incisiveness and intelligence.”

Primarily a center-forward who can also play on the wings, Cordova joins having scored seven goals and assisted another three in 79 appearances for Augsburg across all competitions. In 14 appearances so far this season, he's failed to find the net, while he scored twice in 23 Bundesliga outings in 2020/21 while on loan at Arminia Bielefeld.

At international level, Cordova has 15 senior caps to his name for Venezuela, featuring at Copa America and in World Cup qualifying.

“My arrival to RSL has been very nice, everything is well-organized. We have everything to bring out the best version of us, to get in form for the best performances of your career,” Cordova said.

“I think the club is very good, the style of play, with a good group of guys. From day one I could see this group is a family by the way my teammates received me. I don’t want to talk too much about it, because as they say, ‘Those who talk a lot, do little,’ but I want to compete with my teammates, fight for the badge and make big achievements here in MLS.

"I think anything is possible when you see the group of guys we have and their capacity. We know we can get very far this season.”

Cordova leaves Augsburg just over a month following the arrival of USMNT prospect Ricardo Pepi from FC Dallas.

RSL are preparing for their first full season under head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who guided the Utah club to the Western Conference final during the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.