Monarchs ink dual international Rauhofer to deal

April 15th, 2015 | by Sean Walker
Max Rauhofer playing for Liverpool FC in Uruguay. (Photo: Brafed/Creative Commons license)

Max Rauhofer playing for Liverpool FC in Uruguay. (Photo: Brafed/Creative Commons license)

Real Monarchs SLC has been in the business of finding a true No. 9 striker to complement its team after the first four matches of the season.

The club management went to South America to get it.

Max Rauhofer, a dual Uruguayan-Italian international who has played most recently with Sud America in the Campeonato Uruguayo, has joined Salt Lake City’s USL side as an international forward, the club announced Wednesday.

Rauhofer, 24, turned pro 10 years ago when he signed with his hometown club Deportivo Maldonado before spending a three-year stay with Spanish B side Albacete. He also played for Liverpool FC in the Uruguayan league, where he earned the nickname “El Tanque,” or “the tank,” for his 6-foot-1, 187-pound frame that started up top.

The Monarchs (0-2-2) gained possession of Rauhofer’s international transfer certificate and visa, making him immediately eligible for the club’s game Friday at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC  at 7 p.m. MT. The contest will be live streamed on saltcityfc.com.

“Max is a 6-foot-1 striker, a true number nine, which is something we need to add to our mix,” Monarchs coach Freddy Juarez said in a club statement. “Rauhofer has a physical presence, holds the ball well, is good in the air and has excellent feet for a big man. He will also bring experience and professionalism to our side, as he’s played on competitive, scrappy teams that have competed for spots in Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Our young players will certainly learn from him.”

Rauhofer becomes the Monarchs’ third international player under contract, joining defender Marvin Baumgartner (Switzerland) and midfielder Lennon Celestino (Brazil).

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for KSL.com. A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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