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Minnesota United selects RSL backup goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in MLS expansion draft

Jeff Attinella will be leaving Real Salt Lake after Minnesota United selected him in the 2016 Major League Soccer expansion draft.

The 28-year-old spent the last four years as RSL's primary backup goalkeeper behind Nick Rimando.

Minnesota selected him in the fourth round of the draft. He was the only player RSL left unprotected and one of three goalkeepers selected. He is currently the only keeper on United's roster.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities I got with Real Salt Lake,” Attinella said in a news release. “I made some of the best friends I’ll ever have and the support the team and the fans gave to me and my wife is what means the most to me.”

Atlanta United, the other 2017 MLS expansion franchise, selected two goalies: Sporting Kansas City's Alec Kann and MLS Cup starter Clint Irwin of Toronto FC. It's surprising that Atlanta would take two goalkeepers since they are reportedly close to signing U.S. Men's National Team stalwart Brad Guzan.

Attinella recorded five shutouts, 107 saves and seven wins and six ties in his 28 starts for RSL.

“I’m a little disappointed for the club, but we are excited for Jeff and the new opportunities he has,” Real Salt Lake General Manager Craig Waibel said. “Jeff was a great piece to our locker room for four years and was always someone we could rely on when he was called upon.”

Former RSL midfielder, now of Houston Dynamo, Collen Warner was selected by Minnesota.