Real Salt Lake part ways with captain Damir Kreilach
Posted on: 27 Dec, 2023 at 07:02 PM
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Real Salt Lake and captain Damir Kreilach have officially parted ways after six memorable seasons.
The 34-year-old Croatian midfielder tallied 47 goals and 24 assists in 151 matches (133 starts) from 2018-23.
"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 statement on Wednesday. "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."
Kreilach's contract option was declined at the end of the 2023 MLS campaign.
"A heart breaking choice to say goodbye to an amazing club, a wonderful team and a great fan base," Kreilach said in a letter to the fans on the club's website.
"Sometimes there are moments when it is too difficult for you to express your feelings how you want to and write this letter. After six incredible years I'm leaving RSL where I had an amazing time and got to experience so many unforgettable moments and emotions."
In 2021, Kreilach was an MLS All-Star and scored a career-high 16 goals while helping RSL reach the Western Conference final in the MLS Cup playoffs.
Before joining Real Salt Lake, Kreilach played for Germany's Union Berlin (2013-18) and with Croatia's Rijeka (2007-13).
--Field Level Media