Evening Ticker: Clark returns to training, Real Salt Lake acquires Gil and more

Evening Ticker: Clark returns to training, Real Salt Lake acquires Gil and more

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Evening Ticker: Clark returns to training, Real Salt Lake acquires Gil and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team currently has a long list of injuries its trying to deal with, but Ricardo Clark is one name that can now be scratched off.

After missing the last few weeks with a calf injury, Clark returned to training for Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday. Eintracht manager Michael Skibbe said the former Houston Dynamo midfielder returned quicker than the expected four weeks because he went through intensive rehabilitation and put in extra sessions of rehab.

Clark likely won't see time in Eintracht's match this weekend against VfB Stuttgart, but he could make his Bundesliga debut when the club hosts Schalke 04 on March 6.

Here are some more stories from Tuesday:

Wizards trade Gil to Real Salt Lake

United States Under-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil is on his way to Salt Lake City.

A day after acquiring Gil via a weighted lottery, the Kansas City Wizards traded Gil to MLS champion Real Salt Lake. In exchange the Wizards received a 2011 second-round draft pick, an International Player roster slot and 25 percent of any future transfer fee received by RSL for Gil from a team outside of MLS.

Hoyos called into Argentina U-20 camp

The USSF's chase of Estudiantes la Plata and U.S.-eligible midfielder Michael Hoyos took a blow, as Hoyos was summoned by Argentina U-20 coach Sergio Batista for a 43-man camp. While attending the camp doesn't cap-tie Hoyos, it could be a sign that the 18-year-old might become the latest promising youngster to snub the United States for another country.

Hoyos previously turned down call-ups from the U.S. U-20 national team, stating he wanted to stay with his club in Argentina to fight for a spot in the first team.

Lopez and Kansas City part ways

The Kansas City Wizards and Claudio 'El Piojo' Lopez have parted ways, the club announced on Tuesday.

Wizards manager Peter Vermes said he would have liked to have kept the Lopez, but that it became evident early in negotiations that a deal was not going to be reached with the 35-year-old Argentine.

Lopez was consistent in his two years with Kansas City, scoring six goals and assisting on seven others in 2008 and recording seven goals and eight assists in 2009. 

Lopez joins goalkeeper Kevin Hartman as veterans who were unable to reach new deals with the Wizards this offseason.  

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Do you see Clark making his Bundesliga debut this weekend or next? Concerned over Hoyos taking part in the Argentina U-20 camp? Think Kansas City should have kept Lopez?

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