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Real Salt Lake keeping Damir Kreilach around a few more years, signs midfielder to multiyear extension

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Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (8) celebrates a goal as Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles FC play an MLS game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Kreilach has signed a multiyear contract extension.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Damir Kreilach will stay in Salt Lake City a bit longer.

Real Salt Lake announced Friday morning it has signed the midfielder — who was in the final year of his original contract with the team in 2020 — to a multiyear contract extension through the 2022 season, with an option for 2023. 

“From the moment I came to Real Salt Lake, it felt like I was at home. Everyone welcomed me and my family. At the end of the day, it’s not only about soccer. It’s about life. I’m happy to stay here and continue to be part of the RSL family,” Kreilach said in a statement. 

“I want to thank all of my teammates and coaches as well as staff and fans. I’m looking forward to giving my best on and off the field and be a role model for other young players. And of course I’m looking forward to winning something for RSL because that is what this club and these fans deserve.”

Kreilach came to the RSL organization from Germany’s Union Berlin in 2018 and has been a key component of the team’s attack ever since. The 31-year-old Croatian has 23 goals and 14 assists in sports 76 Major League Soccer regular-season matches with RSL while adding four goals and one assist in five MLS playoff matches. Through 11 matches this season, Kreilach is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and an assist.

“He loves the club and gives everything every single day that he shows up for the club, for his teammates and for the staff,” first-year RSL head coach Freddy Juarez said in a statement. “That’s a unique characteristic to have and we are lucky to have him.”