A year after the start of his loan, Braian Ojeda is permanently a Real Salt Lake player: The club announced today the finalizing of a deal with the club from whom they loaned the player, Nottingham Forest.
Ojeda, 23, comes in under MLS's U-22 initiative, which allows clubs to sign players at a reduced salary impact. Ojeda, despite his age, would theoretically be eligible because Real Salt Lake executed a purchase clause in the loan agreement with the English side, thus extending the length of his Standard Player Agreement.
So, sure, it's a little complicated how it all shook out, but it's a best-case scenario for retaining Ojeda from a roster-planning perspective. While the terms of the deal were not made public, rumors at the time of his loan placed the option in the $4 million range. That number was never confirmed, but a large outlay under normal conditions would make Ojeda at least adjacent to designated player territory, and the U-22 initiative allows for some flexibility.
RSL's U-22 initiative player slots remain full with this move, with Andres Gomez and Nelson Palacio filling the remaining two.