RSL parts ways with Sebastian Jaime, sign Nigerian midfielder Stephen Obayan

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SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) – Real Salt Lake and forward Sebastian Jaime have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced on Thursday. Per league and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
“We would like to thank Sebastian for his contributions to the club the past two seasons,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “His next opportunity in Chile is a great chance for him to play while still being close to his extended family in Argentina.”
 
Jaime originally signed with RSL on August 8, 2014, and played in 33 matches (25 starts) across all competitions with six goals and two assists in two seasons with the Claret-and-Cobalt. He rounded into form during the middle of the 2015 season and amassed four goals and two assists in one seven match stretch. He finished the season with five goals and two assists in 20 matches, 17 of them in a starting role.
 
“Sebastian made some great contributions to the club and I appreciate coaching a player so committed to the organization,” Head Coach Jeff Cassar said.
 
Immediately following the Jaime report, Real Salt Lake announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder Stephen Obayan on Thursday, pending visa approval and receipt of his ITC. Per league and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
“Sunny challenges the status quo. He’s going to force the coaching staff to make tough decisions and force players to perform at a higher level. He’s a quality player that we think can contribute right away when he adjusts to the play in America,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel said. “He’s really active, physically adept and technically sound. He covers a lot of space and adds to the quality of our midfield.”
 
Stephen Obayan, 27, comes to Salt Lake after playing for eight different teams in his 11 years as a professional. He originally signed with Polideportivo Ejido in the Spanish Second Division in 2005, staying until 2007 when he moved up to the first division with Valencia. During his four seasons there, he also spent time on loan with Osasuna, Real Betis and CD Numancia, where he eventually moved in the 2011 season. In total, he played 76 matches with Numancia from 2011-2013 and has since played for Bnei Sakhnin in Israel, CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria and Alanyaspor in Turkey.
 
Although born in Nigeria, he played internationally for Spain at the youth level, capping with the U-19, U-20 and U-21 teams. Ultimately, he earned his first senior national team cap with Nigeria in 2010.
 
“I am very happy and excited to join Real Salt Lake, a club with a winning history in MLS,” Stephen Obayan said. “I look forward to a successful season, challenging myself to meeting my new teammates and the fans in Salt Lake. I am coming to challenge myself in a competitive league and win titles.”
 
Real Salt Lake opens training camp on Friday and opens the season in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal Round, starting in Monterrey, Mexico, against UANL Tigres on Wednesday, February 24, with the return leg at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, March 2 (8:00 p.m. MT kickoff).
 
 

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