[GOOGLE NEWS MLS] 🔵 Real Salt Lake Strengthens Midfield with Signing of Matt Crooks – Shango Media

[GOOGLE NEWS MLS] 🔵 Real Salt Lake Strengthens Midfield with Signing of Matt Crooks

Real Salt Lake Bolsters Midfield with Matt Crooks Acquisition


In a strategic move to strengthen their midfield, Real Salt Lake (RSL) has secured the services of English midfielder Matt Crooks from Middlesbrough. The 30-year-old veteran, known for his size, leadership, and scoring prowess, has signed a contract that will keep him with the MLS team through 2026.

A Seasoned Player Joins RSL

Crooks, who has a solid track record with 56 goals and 22 assists in 115 League One appearances for Middlesbrough, is expected to make a significant impact in Major League Soccer (MLS). His experience in England’s lower divisions, which includes 65 goals and 26 assists in 341 appearances, speaks volumes about his ability to contribute both offensively and defensively.


With Crooks joining the midfield group led by Pablo Ruiz, Braian Ojeda, and Diego Luna, RSL is looking to fortify their lineup ahead of the 2024 season. The addition of Crooks, along with other newcomers, is aimed at enhancing the team’s competitiveness in the upcoming campaign.

Crooks Expresses Excitement for MLS

Upon signing with RSL, Crooks expressed his enthusiasm about joining the growing MLS and contributing to the team’s success. « I’m thrilled to be joining Real Salt Lake and to be a part of the growth of the MLS, » said Crooks. « I’m eager to get started and make a positive impact on the pitch. »


Crooks’ addition to RSL comes at an opportune time, as the United States prepares to host the World Cup in the near future. His experience and leadership will undoubtedly be valuable assets for the team.

Other Notable MLS Developments

Meanwhile, Braian Galvan has been sold by Colorado Rapids to Banfield, marking a significant departure for the Rapids’ attacking lineup. In another development, Jairo Torres has left Chicago Fire after mutually agreeing to part ways with the club.

On a more positive note, Orlando City has managed to retain two of their leading front office representatives, Luiz Muzzi and Ricardo Moreira, for the next two seasons. Their continuity will be crucial in guiding the team’s strategic decisions and maintaining stability within the organization.

As Real Salt Lake gears up for their season opener against Inter Miami CF on Feb. 21, the acquisition of Matt Crooks is set to energize the team and its fans. With his impressive background and skillset, Crooks is poised to make a lasting impact on the field and help RSL achieve its goals in the 2024 MLS season.

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