Sandy, UT – Real Salt Lake acquired forward Joao Plata from Toronto FC on Wednesday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Plata tallied three goals in 26 appearances for the Reds in 2011, but after playing in 10 games for TFC last term, he was loaned back to his former club, LDU Quito, after the arrival of manager Paul Mariner.
"While Plata is a player our fans enjoyed watching, he did not figure in our plans moving forward," TFC president and general manager Kevin Payne said in a club statement. "It made sense for our club to move him for value as we can continue to build the team we want."
Plata appeared in 13 games for Quito during his loan spell, scoring one goal, and he joins a Salt Lake side that has recently parted ways with forwards Paulo Jr., Emiliano Bonfigli and Fabian Espindola.
"We are happy to add a fast, young forward with MLS experience," Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a club statement. "We believe that Joao can become an impactful member of our team as we continue to work to restock our forward group."