Damir Kreilach: Real Salt Lake Part Ways With Croatian Midfielder

Written by Patrick Echatah

Both Real Salt Lake and Damir Kreilach made the official announcement on Wednesday, capping up an incredible time together.

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The Croatian midfielder, who joined RSL in 2018 after joining from German team Union Berlin, has been a cornerstone of the team for the past six seasons, amassing 47 goals and 24 assists in 151 regular season appearances. The end of the 2023 campaign saw the decline of his contract option.

“Unfortunately we are faced with saying a very difficult goodbye to Damir Kreilach, a beloved figure in our club’s history who provided nearly unparalleled impact, leadership and service to Real Salt Lake,” sporting director Kurt Schmid said in a club-provided statement via email.

“It’s impossible to put into words what Damir has meant to our club during the last six years.

“Damir is the consummate professional, a true gentleman and an unequivocal leader who holds himself and his teammates to the highest of standards.”

In 2021, Kreilach had a breakout year, putting up 16 goals and 9 assists, being selected for the MLS All-Star team, and developing a lethal attacking tandem with current Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Albert Rusnák.

The following season, he was chosen club captain; however, a back ailment kept him out of action for the majority of that campaign, and in 2023, his final season with Salt Lake, he only contributed 4 goals and 1 assist across 27 games (15 starts).

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Luis Suárez, a five-time La Liga champion and winner of the FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Copa América, has signed a deal with Inter Miami CF that will last until the 2024 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

The legendary Uruguayan striker, who helped Grêmio win the Campeonato Gaúcho and Recopa Gaúcha and was voted the Brazilian league’s Best Player and Best Striker for his 26 goals and 17 assists in 53 appearances, will join the squad before to the start 2024 Major League Soccer season.

“We are happy to welcome world class striker Luis Suarez to our club. Luis is a fierce competitor whose winning drive embodies what we want out of our players. We promised our fans we would pursue the world’s best players to build a squad that can compete at the highest echelons in the Americas.


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